St John the Evangelist East Dulwich is a
Victorian Gothic church which lies on the north-western corner of
East Dulwich Road and Adys Road, on the northern side of the common.
This area on the border between Dulwich and Peckham was built up from
fields in the mid-nineteenth century, largely due to the coming of the
railways, which made it ideal commuter territory. The church was
completed in 1865 to a design by architect Charles Barry, nephew of
the local landowner.
It replaced an earlier chapel in East Dulwich which
had been erected by the landowner in 1826 on Lordship Lane, which lies
immediately south of East Dulwich Road. St John's was badly damaged by bombing in
1940, and remained out of use until it was rededicated by the bishop
of Southwark in 1951. The original spire shown here was replaced by
a new red tile spire in the same style in 2005, and an extension was
added in 1996 which is now a community centre.