Welcome

Welcome to the St Andrew, North Swindon News:

our monthly updates bring you the latest from St Andrew's.

It’s great that you’re interested in finding out more about us, and we hope that as you read more about St Andrew's, come along to our services and get to know members of the congregation you will feel very much at home.  Our aim is to worship God together and to make Jesus known in North Swindon, welcoming everyone who comes and supporting one another as a family.

We are here to:
  • WELCOME everybody
  • WORSHIP GOD through prayer and praise
  • LOVE AND CARE for one another
  • SERVE GOD in this community
  • PRAY for the needs of the world and the parish
  • PROCLAIM AFRESH in each generation the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ

The parish

Technically, our parish covers all the housing north of Thamesdown Drive, including St Andrew’s Ridge, Ashbrake, Redhouse, Oakhurst, Tadpole Garden Village and the original village of Blunsdon St Andrew.  You’ll see our parish boundaries marked in red on the map below.  However, as with most Church of England Churches these days our congregation includes many people who live beyond the parish boundaries and who choose to worship in our beautiful historic building, with the friendly people they meet here.



The church building

St Andrew’s is a small structure, built in the Early English style.

There has been a church on this site since the eleventh century and at some stage it was much larger.  When the Victorian renovations were carried out, evidence was found of a large porch, tower and additional aisle.  The carved stone heads (corbel stones) of nuns and a bishop, high up on the walls in St Andrew’s Church date from the 1280s and were thought to support the roof beams of an earlier structure.  

Most of what you can see today is the result of major restoration undertaken by renowned church architect William Butterfield between 1864 and 1868.  He designed the west front, with its bellcote, spirelet and weather-cock and specifications for some of the windows.  However, some older features still remain, such as the doorway used to enter church which dates from the13th century.  

Look out for more on the building and characters associated with it in our monthly online news features.


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