LAST week we featured a picture of the parish church of St John the Evangelist in Maindee, Newport, from 1911.

TODAY’S picture is St John the Evangelist parish church, Kensington Place, Maindee.

The photo shows the church before the tower was completed.

Maindee was in the parish of Holy Trinity, Christchurch.

As the population of Maindee grew, many non-conformist chapels sprang up but there was no Anglican church.

People were reluctant to make the long and steep climb to Christchurch, so it was decided to build an Anglican church in Maindee.

The church opened for worship in 1860 and today is a most popular venue for weddings.

In 1949 disaster hit the church when an arsonist set fire to the church severely damaging it.

Christchurch was similarly targeted at the same time and also suffered severe damage.

Dave Woolven, Newport THE Now and Then picture is of St Johns Church, Maindee.

There was a club called The Lawn Club which was burnt down as you go off Chepstow Road to go up to the church.

M Reardon, Newport ANOTHER Newport church, St John’s Maindee.

A very popular church for many years and providing services for many Newport dignitaries.

Located in the Kensington area, off Caerleon Road, it dominates the surroundings and is well used by the populace.

Jim Dyer, Newport Comments from February 7: LOVELY description of the Old Central Library and Museum from Jim Dyer.

However, the building in the ‘Then’ photo in the police station at the back of the Town Hall.

The Old Library and Museum was adjacent to the current building.

If you stand by Boswells coffee shop in the Kingsway Centre, you are on the site - the Old Dock Street.

Mary Walker, Newport