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St Johns Church - Dunoon

St John's Church, formerly Dunoon Free Church, a Presbyterian church building in the Scottish town of Dunoon. It is located in the town centre at the junction between Hanover Street and Victoria Road. The building is listed as a category A listed building. The church is still in daily use. The building was erected in 1843 on the site of an older church. Architect RA Bryden was hired and the present church building was completed in 1877.

Like the predecessor, it was initially called Dunoon Free Church and later renamed St John's Church.St John's Church was built using dry stone masonry and stands on a steeply sloping site which increases its apparent size and the height of the tower and spire. The architecture is in the Normandy Gothic architecture style with crisply carved details. The interior is laid out with a horse-shoe shaped gallery for the congregation and a raised and raked gallery for the choir behind the central pulpit. There are many stained glass windows throughout the building.

Its large size reflects the popularity of Dunoon as a holiday destination for families from Glasgow who came 'doon the water' for their summer holidays. The church is impressive, especially as it stands on a steeply sloping site which increases its apparent size and the height of the tower and spire. The architecture is in the Normandy Gothic style with crisply carved details. Impressive interior laid out like a concert hall with a horse-shoe shaped gallery for the congregation and a raised and raked gallery for the choir behind the central pulpit. Interesting stained glass including windows by Stephen Adam and Gordon Webster.

The organ was installed by Brook & Co as a two-manual pipe organ in 1895, and subsequently enlarged to three manuals in 1921.


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St Johns Church

Dunoon

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