Former Church of St John the Divine, Railway Street, Chatham - Medway (UA)

Closed Italianate style church of 1820-21 by Sir Robert Smirke, 1863 apse by GM Hills. Plans are being developed by the Diocese of Rochester to bring this disused church back into use as a place of worship and for community use. Grant to carry out emergency works to the roof and interior rotting timber has been applied for informed by project development work part funded by Historic England. Further funding will be required to complete the works to allow the building to be brought back into use.

Former Church of St John the Divine, Railway Street, Chatham - Medway (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1268218
  • Local Planning Authority: Medway (UA)
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Former Church of St John the Divine
  • Street Name: Railway Street
  • Locality: Chatham
  • Unitary Authority: Medway (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Rochester and Strood
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Ownership: Religious organisation

Contact Details

David John 01483 252036

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England