The Changing Face of St Andrew’s Church, Rugby

St Andrew’s Church in Rugby was originally constructed in the 13th century (on the site of an older building) but was considerably altered during the 19th century. A photograph of the interior from 1870 shows wide galleries that were used by the boys from Rugby School. A major reconstruction, costing over £35,000, was undertaken in the late 1870s to the designs of the Victorian architect Butterfield (he was also responsible for much of Rugby School, including the chapel). The old church tower of St Andrews can be seen in the photograph from 1890. Shortly afterwards a rather superfluous spire was added at the opposite end of the church, and this can be seen in scaffolding in a photograph from 1894/5.

These interesting pictures of St Andrew’s Church come from a collection of glass plate negatives at the Warwickshire County Record Office (reference PH 827). Positive prints of these negatives are now available for inspection at the Record Office.

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