St Andrew’s Church is rich with history, memorials and architecture, making it a beautiful and special part of the Estate and its surrounding community.
Above the altar, a stained glass window depicts the Nativity, Crucifixion and Ascension of Christ, with a decorative mosaic of the Paschal lamb on the wall below. Another notable feature is the baptismal font, which is carved from fine Italian marble and was renovated in 2004.
An addition to the north-east end of the chancel, the vestry offers access to the Packe family vault below the chancel. This space also houses a plaque commemorating the 1890 restoration by Hussey Packe.
This understated space was rebuilt in the Perpendicular Gothic style in 1890. From the carved pulpit and eagle lectern on the south side to the 19th century pipe organ, there’s much to admire.
The oldest part of the church, parts of the tower date back to the 13th century. While there are no external faces on the building, the tower contains a striking clock and eight bells, three of which were cast by J Taylor’s in Loughborough and added during the 1890 restoration. In 2004, the ringing chamber was lowered, allowing bell ringers to be visible to the congregation.
Completely refurbished in 2003, the west porch now houses toilet facilities and an area for refreshment preparation. On the south wall hangs two Rolls of Honour naming those who served in World War I, while the opposite wall honours those who gave their lives in World War II.