St. John's Church (Wray Heights)
|St. John's Church|
|St. John's Church
Wray Heights [69, 77]
St John's Church, is a narrow metal-and-glass building.
This description is an extract from Interesting Places of Worship by Sophie Wells.
Once home to a small, stone church hidden amongst the winding streets, it was a favourite of those looking for a quiet place for reflection on happier times. Before Malton developed into the city we see today, St. John's was at the centre of a small village community. However, it's past can be traced back much further. Originally a sacred burial site, the church was built over the area as Christianity spread throughout the world, as a way of removing all ties with the old religions and ensuring Christianity's dominance as the sole religion. However, the church was ransacked and razed to the ground, and left in ruin for many years.
It wasn't until the surrounding village started to spring up that the church we see today was built. During World War Two, the church's history becomes very interesting. While no reports or official documents have ever been found, locals who were around at the time later claimed that the Allies took over the church and started using it as some kind of secret base. Soldiers are said to have been seen entering the church, sometimes not emerging for days. The church was strictly off limits, and anyone who tried to enter without permission was turned away. Many theories have been put forward as to what the church was used for, although none have been proven correct, and the British government denies all knowledge of the church.
The most interesting theory is: It is said that the soldiers were digging beneath the church, searching for some object buried when the site was still a sacred burial mound. The object was supposedly a magical item of great power, that made use of technology far superior to our own, and far out of the reach of those who possessed the object at the time. As World War Two ended, so did whatever excavation the Allies were conducting. The church was abandoned, and hasn't been used as a place of worship since. When the village was swallowed by the ever expanding city of Malton, the church was sold off into private ownership. Workers were seen entering the church with tools, and the sound of drilling could be heard at night. One day, however, the workers entered the church only to never reemerge, and when some locals plucked up the courage to search inside, they found no trace of them or what they had been doing. The church now lies empty, apart from the occasional visitor who happens upon it's open doors.