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St Andrew's is a parish church in Castle Combe, Wiltshire built in the 13th century with additions in later centuries. It was restored due to structural concerns in the 19th century. It is a Grade I listed building.

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St Andrew's Church
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South side of church
Coordinates: 51°29′36.34″N 2°13′46.45″W / 51.4934278°N 2.2295694°W / 51.4934278; -2.2295694
Location Castle Combe, Wiltshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
History
Status Parish church
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 20 December 1960
Completed 13th and 15th centuries, restored 19th century
Specifications
Materials Rubble stone and ashlar, stone tile roof
Administration
Parish Castle Combe
Deanery Chippenham
Diocese Bristol
Province Canterbury

Building

The structure of the church mostly originates from the 15th century, but includes some extant 13th century work in the chancel and 14th century work in the chapel. The building is composed mainly of rubble stone and ashlar, with a stone tile roof. There is a tower on the west side of the building on which construction begun in 1434. The tower has many features of a late medieval church including pinnacles, diagonal buttresses and battlements. The interior of the church consists of a nave, chapels to the northeast and southeast, aisles and a south porch.

Sir Walter de Dunstanville Memorial
C. 13th century memorial dedicated to Sir Walter de Dunstanville.

The Lady Chapel was the Scrope family chapel as of the mid 15th century. In the early 19th century the structure became unstable and the building was restored, funded chiefly by a member of the Scrope family. There was further restoration to the roof in 1962. Many of the adornments, such as the 19th century chancel fittings bear the Scrope family coat of arms. There is a 19th-century canopied Gothic Scrope family monument in the Lady Chapel.

Within the Lady Chapel there is a late Norman memorial dedicated to a Baron of Castle Combe, Walter de Dunstanville (d. 1270). The effigy is cross legged indicating Dunstanville served in the crusades.

In recent years there have been a number of restoration projects for the church, with work being completed to the roof and medieval screen in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

The organ was donated in 1911 and renovated in 1988.

There is an operational medieval faceless clock at the base of the tower.

Churchyard

There are a number of tombs, memorials and monuments in the churchyard, 25 of which are Grade II listed.

Status

The church is part of the Bybrook Team Ministry and is still actively used for worship.

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