St Augustine of Canterbury

Large Roman basilica style church built for the growing population of Swindon because of the Great Western Railway.

About this church

St Augustine's is a large church which is only half the size it was supposed to be. Consists of a wide nave, with walled choir and semi circular apse (polygonal on the outside).

Inside contains four different artworks by Fleur Kelly in the Byzantine style including the magnificent apse ceiling of Mary, Christ in Majesty and St Augustine painted in egg tempera and surrounded by two types of gold leaf. She also painted two large icons and two triptych's. There are several stained glass windows including on to the south of the choir by Basil Barber, and apprentice of Sir Ninian Comper.

The font is a replica of the Norman font at Stanton Fitzwarren and is surrounded by statues of representing the goodly Christian virtues stamping on the evil vices. Sir John Betjeman was said to be a regular visitor to evensong and is know to have visited the church on several occasions.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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