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St. John the Baptist Church, Wakefield

St. John the Baptist Church

The church was designed by Mr Charles Watson and the foundation stone was laid November 4, 1791.

It is built from dressed stone brought from Newmillerdam. The tower contains a peal of eight bells.
St. John's was at first a chapel of ease for the parish church, and was consecrated on the 28 July 1795 and dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
Beneath the church there are vaults holding 42 coffins with the last being interned in 1843, in 1856 no further interments were allowed in the vaults.

The tower was struck by lightning in 1880 and had to be rebuilt, this was undertaken with further alterations to the church at the same time.

 


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