St John's Church, Ranmoor

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St John's Church, Ranmoor
St John's Church, Ranmoor April 2017.jpg
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. John the Evangelist
Diocese Sheffield
Province York
Vicar(s) vacant
Director of music Edward Barbieri

St John's Church, Ranmoor is a large parish church in Ranmoor, a suburb of the City of Sheffield, England. It is a Church of England church in the Diocese of Sheffield, and it is the second church to be built on this site. The original church, designed by E.M. Gibbs,[1] was opened 24 April 1879. This building was almost entirely destroyed by fire on 2 January 1887; all that survived was the 200-foot-tall (61 m) tower and spire (the tallest church spire in Sheffield). A new church, designed by Flockton & Gibbs (the same Gibbs[1]), was built that incorporated the old tower and spire. The church reopened on 9 September 1888; it is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

The War Memorial in the Churchyard consists of a 16 ft Runic Cross made from unpolished Cornish granite, with carved panels on front and back designed by Mr. A.F. Watson, Sheffield.[3]

Monty Python actor Michael Palin listed St John's as one of his 'top seven' favourite Churches in a speech to the National Churches Trust on account of it being the Church he regularly attended as a child. He describes fond memories of his Father being both a chorister and bellringer there.[4]


  1. ^ a b Harman, R. & Minnis, J. (2004) Pevsner City Guides: Sheffield, pp267–268. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10585-1
  2. ^ Historic England (1973). "Church of St John (456276)". Images of England. Retrieved 19 February 2006. 
  3. ^ Hill, Dean; Reeves, Stuart. "Ranmoor War Memorial (St John's)". Sheffield Soldiers of The Great War. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Palin, Michael (22 May 2015). "Michael Palin: my seven of the best". The Church Times. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 

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Coordinates: 53°22′21″N 1°31′16″W / 53.3724°N 1.5211°W / 53.3724; -1.5211