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 worshiped in a converted school building for 20 years, until the new church was consecrated in 1989.
Part of the original mosaic reredos (the decorated panel/screen at the back of the high altar) from the first All Saints church. It has been preserved and now adorns part of our new church's foyer.
FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIAL (above)
The new All Saints Church 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 Abbey grounds and its 13th century gate-house are open to visitors.
The two war memorials shown here (below left and above) were originally on the wall of the old church. Thankfully they were kept and are now on a wall in the Lady Chapel of the new church. On Remembrance Day 2018 we shall be reading aloud the names on the memorials and hearing rung for the first time in many years the ship's bell from HMS RENOWN. Renown was a battleship commissioned in 1915 and decommissioned in 1946, thus serving in both world wars.
The Renown bell was acquired for use after the old church was demolished and there was no longer its tower with peal of eight bells. The present congregation has been raising money for a frame for the Renown bell so that it can be brought back to life: to be used regularly as a sanctuary bell and also rung on High Festival Days and days of commemoration. The nation's one bell foundry, Taylor's of Loughborough, will be making the frame. The company has also stored carefully the records of the original 8 bells which we hope to get access to soon. Watch out for more on the HMS Renown and on the 8 bells of the first All Saints' Church Emscote.
CHIM-CHIMINEE RESTORED! (below)
In Spring 2018 the unsafe chimney on the roof of
No. 1 All Saints' Road (once the Headteacher's House) was finally renovated. It is quite a feature of this Victorian House. Photos taken from the chimney's vantage point are shown below.
Photos by roofing specialists 'Adam Askew'