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Lonneker (Ov): St. Jacobus de Meerdere (W. te Riele, 1911-1912)

Until 1838 Lonneker had been part of the parish of Enschede, although there had been regular services in a barn church outside the village since 1687. In 1820 finally a true church was built inside the village. This church, about which little is known, was enlarged in 1845. Around 1900 the church was in a bad state and had become too small.

In 1911-1912 the current church, designed by Wolter te Riele, was built on the same site. Although it is in neo-Gothic style and is a three-aisled cruciform basilica like so many catholic churches, it has a centralizing ground-plan as was becoming more popular in that period due to the influence of the Liturgic movement, and would reach a height in the 1930's. Although the side-aisles are used for seating, space between the pillars is wide, allowing most seated a fairly good view at the altar. Like the nave, the transept is three aisles wide. Instead of a conventional tower, the church has a square crossing-tower which illuminates the choir directly under it. At the front the church only has a polygonal stair-turret. The choir is flanked by lateral chapels on both sides.

In 1923-1924 Te Riele built the H.H. Martelaren van Gorcum in Stampersgat (NB), which is almost identical to this church.



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