St Andrew's Church, Rugby
The Church of St Andrew is a Church of England parish church in Rugby, Warwickshire. It is a Grade II* listed building. As a large church that is not a cathedral, it is part of the Greater Churches Network.
|St Andrew's Church, Rugby|
|Location||Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3PT|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Functional status||Parish church|
|Heritage designation||Grade II* listed|
|Years built||14th century|
|Parish||Rugby St Andrew|
|Archdeaconry||Archdeaconry of Coventry|
|Diocese||Diocese of Coventry|
|Director of music||Dr Richard Dunster-Sigtermans|
|Churchwarden(s)||Joyce Woodings and Hash Mistry|
|Parish administrator||Kate Foster|
A church has stood on the site since 1140. The oldest surviving part of the church is the 22 metre high west tower which bears strong resemblance to a castle turret, the west tower is usually dated to the 14th century, but was possibly built during the reign of Henry III (1216–1272) to serve a defensive as well as religious role, and is Rugby's oldest building. The church has other artefacts of medieval Rugby including the 13th-century parish chest, and a medieval font. In 1877, the church was restored and expanded by William Butterfield, while retaining much of the original building. The expanded church included a new east tower, added in 1895 which has a spire 196 feet (60 m) high. From 1895 to 1896, further additions were made to the church by Ewan Christian.
Very unusually, both of the church towers have ringable bells, the main peal of bells (all cast in 1896 by Mears & Stainbank, London) being located in the eastern tower, and the old peal (all cast in 1711 by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston) located in the western tower.
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