Eversholt – St John the Baptist

Eversholt - St John the Baptist

The church of St John the Baptist in Eversholt is situated on a raised area in Church End towards the south east of the area of Eversholt village on a raised area to the east of the main road through the village. Limited parking is available outside the church.

Patron saint: St John the Baptist


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The church consists of a nave, chancel, two aisles with a chapel to the north, a west tower and south porch. The chancel is around 30 feet in length by 17 feet. The nave and aisles are around 100 feet long by some 43 feet wide with the tower adding around 12 feet square and 60 feet in height. The building is of Bedfordshire Ironstone and was restored in around 1864 by Gilbert Scott.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. South aisle.

The south aisle has windows at the east end and three along the south side, two to the east of the porch and one to the west.

Each of these is of three cinquefoiled lights under square heads.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Aisle window.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. South porch.

The porch is quite central in the aisle and of the same period as the aisle itself. It has windows to east and west of the same style as those in the aisle.

The external doorway is four centred under a square head with the spandrels having foliage carvings.

The diagonal buttresses on the south side of the porch are topped with quite tall pinnacles.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. South porch from the west.

The clerestory level has four windows each side in the same style as those in the aisles and the church is crenelated throughout with the exception of the chancel and north chapel.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Clerestory windows from the north.

The tower is of three stages with an internal stair in the south-west corner. There is a clock face to the south and the belfry openings are two cinque-foiled lights with quatrefoil tracery under a two-centred arch.

The west doorway is under a pointed arch with a relieving arch above. The west window is similar to the belfry openings above.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Tower from the west.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Tower from the south.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Tower clock face and belfry.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Tower west door.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Tower west window.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. North aisle.

The north aisle has three windows of a similar style to most of the windows in the church and has a blocked north doorway under a four-centred arch.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Blocked north doorway.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Chapel, priest's door.

The north chapel adjoins the chancel and has another of the standard windows for the church along with a small priest's door under a four-centred arch.

The chapel is partly used as a vestry and has single light windows to the north and east.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. North aisle and chapel.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. East end.

The east window of the church is of modern design and has three trefoiled lights with geometric tracery under a pointed head.

The mullions in the windows form colonettes and there are detailed corbel carvings.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. East window.
Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Chancel window.

There are three chancel windows on the south side, the eastern most pair are the most modern with all three being of two cinquefoiled lights with quatrefoil tracery under pointed heads with corbels.

The western window is interesting in that whilst it is overall of the same design, there is a transom that separates the window to form a low-level window with the upper part being slightly shorter than the other two windows.

Eversholt - St John the Baptist. Chancel window.