Cracks in the Facade
St John the Baptist
Completed in 1826, St John’s is the only church built to the design of Francis Edwards, one of Sir John Soane’s foremost pupils. A Georgian building in the Classical style, the church is a large example of a Commissioners’ church. The church’s décor is notable.
To give opportunities to the “local poor”, the first vicar founded what became London’s largest savings bank and St John’s National Schools which still thrive.
One of the 18th-century residents of Hoxton Square, the Revd John Newton, composed the popular hymn “Amazing Grace”.