Heritage Open Days- St Edith's Church

  • Date: 10th September 2021
  • Location: St. Edith’s Church Miller’s Lane, Monks Kirby, Rugby, CV23 0QX.
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Cost: Free

St Edith’s Church is a Grade I listed building, located in Monks Kirby near to Rugby. It dates from 1077 and is the largest parish church in Warwickshire (measuring approximately 110ft by 50ft).

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St Edith’s Church is a Grade I listed building, located in Monks Kirby near to Rugby. It dates from 1077 and is the largest parish church in Warwickshire (measuring approximately 110ft by 50ft).

The first church on the site of St Edith’s is said to have been founded in 917 by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. However, the current Priory Church of St Edith’s dates from 1077 when Geoffrey de la Guerche, a Breton knight rebuilt the church and gave it as a priory to the Benedictine Abbey of St Nicolas in Anjou in France, naming it in honour of the Virgin Mary and St Denis. In 2017, we will therefore celebrate the 940th anniversary of St Edith’s Church.

In 1266, Henry III granted the monks a fair at Midsummer and a weekly market. The church (nave and tower) was substantially rebuilt in around 1380. The porch and priest’s room above are also 14th century. In 1415, Henry V transferred the priory to the Carthusians of the Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire. The 100 years’ war with France also resulted in the dedication of the church being changed to St Edith of Polesworth, a Warwickshire Saint. The church was again altered in the late fifteenth century, and an octagonal spire added: this blew down on Christmas night 1722. In the reformation, King Henry VIII confiscated the assets of the priory, granting the manor of Monks Kirby to the Bishop of Ipswich, and the rectory and the advowson of the vicarage to his (the King's) foundation of Trinity College Cambridge in December 1546. The interior of the church was restored in Victorian times: the Baptistry windows are by Hardman and date from Victorian times, as do the other stained glass windows.

Sunday 12 September: 10.00am - 5.00pm with bell-ringing demonstrations/have a go session 2-5pm

Sunday 19 September: 10.00am - 5.00pm with bell-ringing demonstrations/have a go session 2-5pm

Disabled visitors requiring ramp access will need to contact the churchwarden on 01788 832887 to request access to the church.