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St. John's Church, Church Street, Hesleden (Hesledon)

St. John's church first appears on the second edition Ordnance Survey map (1) and the building today occupies a footprint largely unchanged since the time it was built in 1882 for the former mining community (2). Streetview images (3) show that the church is constructed largely of red brick with steep pitched slate roofs over the main body of the church and on the protruding porches along the northen and southern walls. The eastern wing of the church has a lower roofline than the the main body of the church, a squat, pyramidal topped belfry occupying the apex of what would be the easten gable were it not for the eastern wing being attached.

Documentary evidence states that the church closed in the early 2000's and that the building once contained a number of features dedicated as war memorials, some of which have now been moved (4-5).

Reference number:D49344
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Event(s):Turning the Tide Project 1997 - 1998; Archaeological Services University of Durham

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Source of Reference
Local History of Hesledon
Local History of Hesledon

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