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Lincoln (District Authority)
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SK 98089 73285



SK97SE SUDBROOKE DRIVE 1941-1/2/462 (East side) 19/01/95 Church of St John, Ermine


Church. 1962-63. Architect Sam Scorer of Denis Clarke Hall, Scorer and Bright. Walls rendered to lower parts, glazed to upper parts (including a wall of stained glass), beneath a concrete hyperbolic paraboloid roof, covered externally in aluminium sheets. PLAN: hexagonal plan, designed on the principle that the whole congregation should be gathered round the sanctuary and altar area and have a clear view of everything that is done there. EXTERIOR: the exterior is dominated by the saddle-like shape of the hyperbolic paraboloid roof, which rises to east and west and sweeps down to ground level points to north and south (at each point there being a small pool). Western entrance via porch with projecting canopy with segmental underside to front plane. INTERIOR: internally the roof is varnished boarding. The altar is placed in a circular sanctuary area to the eastern side of the hexagon, and is raised on 4 steps. The fixed pews of light-coloured varnished wood are curved to describe a part-circular formation on a floor which slopes gently downwards towards the sanctuary. The font is placed in the central aisle, in front of the altar. Font, altar and pulpit are 'chunky' in form and are designed by the architect in concrete. The sanctuary is surrounded by a painted metal rail with a shelf, and the sanctuary and raised strip behind are also partly enclosed by a simple painted metal rail; the latter railings, to left and right of the sanctuary, have affixed to them a pair of large metal candlesticks of abstract design, by the sculptor Charles Edward Sansbury, who also designed the 2 smaller candlesticks of twisted and welded metal and matching Processional Cross. The upper part of the east wall is fully glazed and comprises an abstract stained-glass window by the artist Keith New. The building is a major contribution to church architecture of this period, combining innovative architectural thinking with advanced liturgical planning, and a complete set of original fittings, including artist-designed stained glass and metalwork of high quality.

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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 17 Sep 2004
Reference: IOE01/13269/23
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