Left: the first All Saints’ Church; Top centre: the headteacher’s house in foreground, then St Edith’s, then the church; Below centre: St Edith’s in the foreground, the headteacher’s house behind; Right: …and finally, the bell tower falls, 1967.
FROM THE OLD AND TO THE NEW
The original All Saints’ Church was consecrated in 1861. Just over a hundred years later, in 1967, the Victorian-Gothic building was demolished. It had become dangerously unstable. The congregation moved to the Mission House (also later demolished) then to the old school (part of which is now called ‘The Contact Centre’ – below). Finally, in 1989, a brand new church building was consecrated.
Above: The Contact Centre.
Right: the new All Saints Church with the Victorian almshouse ‘St Edith’s’ behind it. Founded by the main benefactor of All Saints, Miss Marianne Philips of Beauville, Leamington Priors, St Edith’s is also still very much in use today.
Above: in Spring 2018 the unsafe chimney on the roof of No. 1 All Saints’ Road (once the Headteacher’s House, then Curate’s House) was renovated. It is quite a feature of this Victorian House. Note the top of St Edith’s central tower, the new All Saints ‘lantern’ and the lantern of the Contact Centre in the middle image.
PRESERVED FROM THE OLD CHURCH
Below: part of the original mosaic reredos (the decorated panel/screen at the back of the high altar) now adorns the new church’s foyer. The memorials from both World Wars are to be found in the new Lady Chapel.
For a report on 2018 World War I Centenary Commemoration and the re-dedication of the ship’s bell from HMS Renown click here.
The first All Saints’ Church had a peal of eight bells. When the church was demolished in 1967 they were taken to John Taylor’s of Loughborough for storage. We now know that reluctantly All Saints’ finally gave permission for the bells to be melted down.
Fortunately Taylor’s have stored carefully the records of the original 8 bells. In summer 2018, with permission from Taylor’s, Warwick County Records Office digitally recorded the many documents. This means that many more people can get access to this intriguing part of the first All Saints’ story.
Members of All Saints’ visited the world renowned Taylor’s of Loughborough in October 2018