St Andrew

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The Church

St Andrew's church in Ombersley is a unique 'Estate' church reputed to be the Jewel of Thomas Rickmans (1776-1841). Ecclesiastical work remains virtually unaltered since completion in 1829. The Spire is 160ft. high and rests on top of the Bell Tower, the organ is by Robert Gray and Sons and this rare instrument retains many of the original parts.

Completed in 1829 it is Regency suburban church in the countryside. Lofty exterior in the Decorated style, designed by the person who coined the terms of English Architecture we still use today, Thomas Rickman.

South of the church is the surviving part of the medieval church of St Ambrose. Two bays of a C13 chancel survive as a Sandys family mausoleum, but given new east and west walls by Rickman.

There is a large Gothic cast-iron Tortoise stove in the north aisle complete with traceried door to the grate inside. 

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The interior is typical of its time, with plaster vaults (picked out in an alluring turquoise) galleries above the aisles and also a deep west gallery. 



Dove's reference for the bells:

Ombersley, Worcs, S Andrew, 6, 16-1-3 in E. 

Map reference : SO844635

Use the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association link to to find a street map showing the church.



Photographs kindly supplied by Phil Draper
Phil Draper 2003



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