St John The Baptist RC – Rochdale


A fascinating and well researched virtual visit to St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Rochdale, courtesy of the incomparable Modern Moocher, Steve Marland…a great blog post for you to enjoy! Also, you can zoom in on this amazing 3D model shown below by Historic England and Sketchfab.

I have had the privilege and pleasure to visit St John’s several times over the years and doubly pleased to visit with a group of some 30 Modernists in March 2020 as part of a Rochdale Walk, prior to the lockdown days later.

I cannot thank Christine Mathewson and her fellow volunteers enough for the warm welcome we were given. They take such pride in their church and are eager to convey that pride along with their obvious erudition.

Approaching from the adjacent railway station we could not fail to be impressed by the scale and grandeur of the church, a wonderful mix of the Byzantine and restrained Art Deco – most clearly expressed in the sculptural angels looming high above the tram stop.

The building is Grade II* Listed and deservedly so – details can be found here on the Historic England site.

The original design pre-1917 by…

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