St John's in the Fields
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The Church is a Piers St Aubyn designed Victorian building constructed on the outskirts of St Ives to service a growing population which to be fair took a little time to evolve around it. It sits on an elevated site with an iconic tower not typical of the County. A long tarmac drive accesses the Church with nicely laid out grassed lawns and mature trees. There is parking to the rear (north east) and a single storey hall with associated facilities.
The Church is much younger than St Ia but still contains features and items of historical and artistic interest. Details fo the artistic and historical heritage of the church are detailed below. Details of available services can be found here
The Church consists of the main aisle and 2 side aisles of smaller format with clerestory range above the lean to side aisles containing 5 quatrefoil windows. There is a porch access to the south. The east has a lower choir and sanctuary with vestry offices beside. To the west is the apexed pitch roof tower.
Access to the Church is via the south porch. There is an inner vestibule of glazed paneling and varnished soft wood with double doors giving access to the south aisle. Upon entry the full extent of the Church is seen with the open arcading giving access to the north and south aisles with the clerestory above. The interior has been re-ordered under the design of the excellent architect Giles Blomfield being one of his earlier central altar proposals
The Church has two altars. The high altar is a simple small oak altar with painted panels of the archangels. This has a fine altar frontal which needs repair. It forms part of a reredos with embroidered panels set behind glass.
The old pulpit sits to the north of the chancel arch. It sits on a granite plinth with the matching sandstone upper panelling and book rest.
The baptismal font is situated at the west end of the nave. It is an octagonal sedimentary stone font bowl with granite plinth, possibly having been relocated as part of the reordering. It is lead lined with an oak and iron strapped cover.
There is a 12 Apostles screen which was removed from the chancel step and reformed in the east end of the north aisle. This is a fine and interesting piece of work and tradition has it that the facs as drawn represent orignal donors to the St John's church.
The Church has some simple slab memorials which are sound and secure. It also has some very interesting and unusual painted swags over windows and the chancel arch with panels in the sanctuary and bands of script at wall plate level. We believe this in on tin. This is quite unusual within Cornwall.
The Church has some extremely fine glass. It all appears to have been from one studio, being J Jennings Glassworks, Clapham Road, London, albeit at slightly different times.