St Andrew

A surprisingly successful merging of 13th century and Victorian architecture, decorated with fine examples of 19th century stained glass.

About this church

St Andrew’s set in meadow land on the edge of Thursford and dates back to the 13th century. It was extensively restored in the 19th century, producing a sympathetic merger of medieval and Victorian Gothic architecture, which distinctively sit side by side in the building today.

The result is a building which provides an impressive setting for four notable works of stained glass. The east window above the alter, dominates the interior of the church. It was designed by Albert Moore and is widely acknowledged as an outstanding piece of work. Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as ‘one of the most beautiful of its time in England, or indeed Europe’. The work represents Moores’s only surviving intact complete window. Moore’s work is joined by two windows designed by Harry Wooldridge. Both windows are vibrant in colour and in their expressive portrayal of four saints features dressed in flowing robes.

The stained glass window currently in the vestry, depicts a royal coat of arms. It is dedicated to Elizabeth I and dated 1579.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • Car park at church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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