The Story of St Andrew’s Church will feature as part of Heritage Open Day 2023 taking place on Saturday 9 September from 10am to 4pm
Experience a flavour of the past in Blunsdon St Andrew, North Swindon as you learn about the tragedy of Blunsdon Abbey, the 18th century beauty painted by Thomas Gainsborough and the conundrum of the back to front window.
St Andrew’s church in Blunsdon St Andrew, North Swindon, is delighted to be taking part again in this year’s Heritage Open Days event, by being open from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 9 September. Local experts will be on hand to inform you and answer your questions. There will also be a word treasure hunt for children.
St Andrew’s is a small Grade 2* listed building, dating back to the 13th century but largely renovated by architect William Butterfield in the 1860s. It contains some excellent examples of Victorian and 20th century stained-glass windows. Although it is now surrounded by modern housing estates, being set off the main road down a track it retains a prayerful tranquillity and is surrounded by a spacious churchyard where many generations of local families are buried.
Revd Sally Robertson, the Vicar of St Andrews, said: "We are delighted that local experts in the history of the church and churchyard, in stained-glass windows and the stories of the families buried there will be joining us to give talks on the day and answer questions.
"The church is not just a historic building, but continues to be a worshipping community serving the parish of North Swindon. We worship every Sunday at 10am and at other times during each month. You will find more details of these events and others in the life of our church on our website."
On 9 September, the church will be open from 10am - 4pm with talks at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake will be served all day and a simple lunch will be available from 12pm - 1.30pm. Donations to church funds gratefully received.
For further details please contact Sally Robertson 07588 594410, visit www.nschurch.org.uk or message the church through the Facebook page: standrews.northswindon.
St Andrew’s is located off Tadpole Lane, between Blunsdon Abbey Park and Lyall Close, SN25 2DW
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