From the old and to the new...
The original All Saints' Church was consecrated in 1861.
This Victorian-Gothic building was demolished in 1967 as it had become dangerously unstable.
The congregation then moved to the Mission House (also later demolished) then worshipped in a converted school building for 20 years, until the new church was consecrated in 1989.
The new All Saints with the Victorian almshouse 'St Edith's' next to it.
Founded by the main benefactor of All Saints, Miss Marianne Philips of Beauville, Leamington Priors, St Edith's is still very much in use today.
A statue of St Edith (or St. Editha) surveys the scene from an outside wall of the almshouse. She was a 'local' saint, a Saxon princess who became founder and abbess of a community of women religious. Their abbey was situated by the side of the River Anker at Polesworth in North Warwickshire.
A few Norman remains of the abbey remain, along with the abbey church, which underwent a major renovation in later Victorian times. Archaeological digs have been undertaken in recent years uncovering more of the abbey's pre-Dissolution and post-Dissolution story.
The Abbey Church of St Editha, Polesworth, its grounds and its 13th century gate-house are open to visitors. (B78 1DU). Check times.