Caterham, Surrey

Church of St. John the Evangelist, Caterham, Surrey

Caterham as a town relocated from the ancient village at the top of the hill (now often called Caterham-on-the-Hill) to the bottom of the hill (now sometimes called Caterham Valley) when the railway arrived. Once this slip downhill had become complete and the top of the hill had become a secondary part of the town the need was felt to relocate the parish church. Instead of doing this, a second church was built instead to cater for the needs of the population in the valley whilst the ancient church on the hill was left to administer to the rapidly declining parish at the top of the hill which it still does today.

The new church, St. John the Evangelist, was begun in 1881 to plans by William Bassett Smith. It was opened in 1882 and the tower were added a decade later completing the church we see today. The church is very much a traditional build and has some very notable stained glass inside. The only ancient thing in the church is the font, which is Norman, and comes from St. Lawrence’s Church in Caterham-on-the-Hill.

Some very unsympathetic modern buildings have all but hidden St. John the Evangelist from the High Street and train station and one of the best views can be had from the roof of the nearby multi-storey car park.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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