Church of St John the Baptist, Royston, Hertfordshire

Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Thomas of Canterbury[1]
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St. John the Baptist, Royston
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Thomas of Canterbury[1] is located in Hertfordshire
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Thomas of Canterbury[1]
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Thomas of Canterbury[1]
Shown within Hertfordshire
Coordinates: 52°02′52″N 0°01′21″W / 52.0479°N 0.0226°W / 52.0479; -0.0226
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Websiteroystonparishchurch.org.uk
Architecture
Heritage designationGrade I listed building
Designated14 June 1964
Years builtc1250-1981
Administration
ProvinceCanterbury
DioceseSt Albans (since 1877)
ArchdeaconryHertford
DeaneryBuntingford

The Church of St John the Baptist is an Anglican church in the town of Royston, Hertfordshire, England. The nave and aisles, which were built c. 1250, originally formed the quire and sanctuary of a large church belonging to the Augustinian Priory of Royston.[1] It was converted to a parish church following the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[2]

On 9 December 2018 the church was severely damaged by fire.[3][4] All eight bells in the tower, three of which dated from 1739,[5] cracked due to the extreme heat. The bells were recast by John Taylor & Co in 2020[6] and are hung in the original 1901 bell-frame, which survived the blaze.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Royston". An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Hertfordshire. His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1910.
  2. ^ "CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, Royston - 1295575 | Historic England".
  3. ^ "Fire crews tackle blaze in town church as police say it was arson". ITV. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Royston church fire: Arson probe under way". BBC News. 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Royston, Hertfordshire". John Taylor & Co. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Tower details". dove.cccbr.org.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2022.