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The Church of St Andrew is a Church of England parish church in Rugby, Warwickshire. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1] As a large church that is not a cathedral, it is part of the Greater Churches Network.[2]

St Andrew's Church, Rugby
St Andrew's Church, Rugby from north.jpg
St Andrew's Church, Rugby is located in Warwickshire
St Andrew's Church, Rugby
St Andrew's Church, Rugby
52°22′21″N 1°15′41″W / 52.3726°N 1.2614°W / 52.3726; -1.2614Coordinates: 52°22′21″N 1°15′41″W / 52.3726°N 1.2614°W / 52.3726; -1.2614
LocationChurch Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3PT
DenominationChurch of England
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Years built14th century
ParishRugby St Andrew
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Coventry
DioceseDiocese of Coventry
Reader(s)Sue Goddard
Director of musicDr Richard Dunster-Sigtermans
Churchwarden(s)Joyce Woodings and Hash Mistry
Parish administratorKate 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.[3] 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.[3] From 1895 to 1896, further additions were made to the church by Ewan Christian.[1]

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.[4]

On 11 October 1949, the church was designated a grade II* listed building.[1]

Present dayEdit

St Andrew's stands in the Liberal tradition of the Church of England.[5]

St Andrew's Church

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Church of Saint Andrews (1183695)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  2. ^ "St Andrew's, Rugby". Greater Churches. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Osbourne, Andy, Rawlins, Eddy (1988). Rugby Growth Of A Town.
  4. ^ "Rugby". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  5. ^ "St Andrew's Church, Rugby, Rugby". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Woodbine Willie, WW1 Padre". St Andrew's Rugby. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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