St John's was built in 1728, and restored after damage in the Second World War, St John's is one of the finest examples of English Baroque architecture and is considered a masterpiece of this style. St John's has been dubbed 'Queen Anne's Footstool' due to a legend that when the architect, Thomas Archer, asked Queen Anne how she would like the new church to look, the monarch petulantly kicked over her footstool and snapped "like that!", thus the four towers are said to give the building the semblance of an upturned footstool.
As Sir Hugh Casson has said of St John's "...just to come across it in that quiet square is an event. To enter it, to enjoy its spaces, to listen to fine music within its walls is an experience not to be matched in conventional concert halls and is a lasting tribute to the man who designed it."
Prints of St John's are available from Ash Rare Books.