St Andrew's History

St. Andrew's Church Castle Combe can be found in the centre of the lower village adjacent to the market cross,

Originally founded in the 13th century the building has been extended over a long period of time. The nave was added in the 14th century and the tower was completed in the 16th century. In the 1850' s much of the church fell into disrepair and had to be rebuilt. On the north side of the church is a superb monument of a Norman Knight – Sir Walter de Dunstanville, Baron of Castle Combe, who died in 1270, His crossed legs indicate that he went on two crusades. In the window above the tomb you can see the arms of the Scrope family who held the Manor of Combe for over 400years. The tower was started in 1434 - built from money from wealthy mediaeval wool merchants, particularly from the will of Sir John Fastolf. Above you will see beautiful fan vaulting reminiscent of Bath Abbey. At the base of the tower stands the faceless clock, believed to have been made by a local blacksmith, It is among the most ancient working clocks in the country.

Today the church falls within the Bybrook Benefice - a group of ten churches within the diocese of Bristol. It is visited by many throughout the year travelling from all parts of the world. Beautiful flower arrangements are a tradition of the church all created by local residents.

We do hope you will take time to come into the church while you are in Castle Combe and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful church, and to any of the services.


St Andrews History

 

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