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...we seek to be an inclusive, vibrant worshipping community.

All Saints' Church, Emscote 

...we seek to be an inclusive, vibrant worshipping community.

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.

From left to right in the picture: The first All Saints Church; St Edith's House; the Headteacher's House. 

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. 

Below: All Saints new church with the old All Saints school behind. 
When the first All Saints' Church was demolished in 1969 the congregation moved first to the 'Mission House'.  Later it moved again to the old school.  You can see the school's black and white gable end and arts and craft lantern to the right of the chestnut tree.  It was 20 years later that the new All Saints was finally built and consecrated.  The old school now serves as the church's community centre - 'The Contact Centre'. 




September 2018

All over the country communities and churches are planning ways  to commemorate the signing of the Armistice on November 11th 1918. All Saints’ Church Emscote will be holding a service at which all the names on our memorial will be read out . We already in church have a folder with their details, regiment, death , sometimes parents and an address copied from the County of Warwickshire roll of honour 1914-1919 compiled by Kenneth Fowler.

We hope to display some of these in a small exhibition in church. However the written accounts do not give a complete picture of the person. A photograph would add so much, also any stories that have been handed down to younger members of the family. If anyone could lend the Emscote History Project a photograph to copy and then return to them it would bring the piece alive. You could bring the details into church in an envelope with your name address and relationship so that it can be returned easily after copying.

The church is open Monday to Thursday 9a.m. – noon and of course Sunday.

Hartshorne, William George

4715 Private 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment,

10th Brigade, 4th Division.

Died of wounds on Sunday 7 November 1915. Age 36.

The husband of Laura Hartshorne 

58 Pickard Street Warwick.

He was born in Warwick in 1881

and enlisted there in September 1914.

Before the war he was employed as a polisher.

He arrived in France on Tuesday 4 May1915.

Buried in Sucererie  military Cemetery Colincamps,

Somme, France.

Commemorated on Warwick War Memorial.

1914-15 Star and Clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal.


During the service the Bell from H.M.S. Renown will be dedicated for use in the church.  SEE RIGHT.  

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 13th century Abbey gate-house has also been restored.
In Spring 2018 the unsafe chimney on the roof of
No. 1 All Saints' Road (once the Headteacher's House, then Curate'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'

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 famous bell foundry, Taylor's of Loughborough, are making the frame. 

Taylors have also stored carefully the records of the original 8 bells to which we have been granted access.
The County Records Office here in Warwick has also been given permission by Taylors to digitally record the many documents.  This means that many more people can now get access to this intriguing part of the first All Saints' story.  



Article from Summer 2018

The first All Saints Church had a peal of 8 bells.  When the church was demolished in 1967 they were taken to John Taylors of Loughborough - the world famous bellfoundry - for storage.  We now know that reluctantly All Saints Church finally gave permission for the bells to be melted down.  However, it is some compensation to know that Taylors can trace for which church's new bells the metal from our old bells was used.  We hope to find out the details. 

This Summer (2018) Taylors have also given us documents stored in their archive about the bells.  We are delighted to have access to more pieces of the jigsaw from the first All Saints Church in Emscote. 

Before the new church was built worship continued first of all in the Old Mission House and then in the old school building (now called the Contact Centre).  A bell from HMS Renown (a battleship serving in the first and second world wars and decommissioned in 1946) was obtained.  In recent years the bell has been redundant.  However, this year we hope to have it ringing again as a sanctuary bell.  We have raised £1000 for Taylors to refurbish the bell and to make a frame for it.  It will be ringing for the first time in many years on Remembrance Sunday. 

July 2018 The County Records Office here in Warwick were granted permission by Taylors to make digital copies of all documents related to the 8 bells from the first All Saints Emscote.  This is good news for anyone wanting to access the story of the bells in the future. 

October 2018

A coach trip was arranged to Taylors of Loughborough. 

November 2018 The HMS 'Renown' bell was returned from Taylors in time for Remembrance Day complete with new frame and clapper.  It was re-dedicated and is now used as a 5 minute bell and as a sanctuary bell. 

 For more information see autumn 2018 edition of GRAPEVINE magazine. 

Churchgoers in Warwick were called to mark remembrance by the sound of a ship's bell that once belonged to one of the Royal Navy's most famous battles-cruisers.

HMS Renown was sold for scrap in 1948. but in the 1960's her bell was loaned by the Navy to All Saints' Church in Emscote.

The loan of the bell was secured by the aptly-named Reverend R W Barnacle, himself a former Royal Navy Officer, who had served in World War II.

The church invited Lieutenant Commander Mare Whitehouse to ring the bell in the church of her home town on Remembrance Sunday, marking the first time it had been heard since its restoration. Marie, who serves in the fleet operations headquarters at Northwood, said "It was an honour and a privilege to be asked to ring Renown's bell for the first time in its new home.

"As the sound echoed around the church, it provided a moment of reflection on all those who had previously served in the ship and the sacrifices they made in their time on board."

Renown was the head ship of her class of battle-cruisers built during World War I, although she did not initially see combat. It was not until World War II that Renown found herself recommissioned and on front line patrols, joining the hunt for the Bismarck and transporting Winston Churchill to conference meetings with Roosevelt and Stalin.