Churches

Church of England

 

Tower and ruined nave of the medieval parish church, variously called Holy Trinity or St NicholasEttington has had three successive parish churches on different sites: the first at Lower Ettington and the second and third at Upper Ettington. In the Middle Ages there was also a chantry chapel at Upper Ettington. The original parish church of the Holy Trinity was in Lower Ettington. It is a 12th-century Norman building with later additions.

Early in the 13th century Henry Shirley had an altar to St Nicholas erected in the church. As a result, the church is also known as St Nicholas'.

The remains of the church can be seen in the grounds of Ettington Park, now leased to a hotel chain.



In 1794 a parish vestry meeting decided to replace the ancient church in Lower Ettington with a new one in Upper Ettington, which had become the centre of population even before Evelyn Shirley had the old village demolished and in 1798 the new church of St Thomas a Becket was consecrated. I understand that it had the reputation of being the ugliest church in Warwickshire.
The Church was located on the north west edge of Ettington, on Banbury Road.

The church was demolished in 1913 apart from the tower, which has been converted into a private dwelling.

There is no direct access to the tower as it is currently private property, but one can get a good view of it by looking over the wall by the main road.

 

 

The present Holy Trinity parish church, completed in 1903

 

A new church, named Trinity, to replace it was begun in 1902 and completed in 1903.
Now Holy Trinity parish is part of the Stourdene Benefice, which includes also the parishes of Alderminster, Butlers Marston, Halford, Newbold on Stour and Pillerton Hersey.

 

 

Society of Friends

The Society of Friends Meeting House was built between 1681 and 1684 on land bequeathed by Samuel Lucas and there have been Quaker meetings there for 300 years.

It is the smallest Meeting House in the country and the one in longest in continuous use since it was completed. Though when I visited in 2013 it was no longer used.

It is now a Grade II listed building.

 

They had members in Ettington by 1664 and their founder George Fox preached at Lambcote farm in the parish in 1678.

The Friends' burial ground was established in 1681.

 

Methodist

The Wesleyan Chapel in Rogers Lane was built in 1836, opening for services in September that year. It replaced an earlier chapel dating from about 1800 that had been turned into cottages. The location of this is not known. The chapel was within the Kineton Methodist circuit, and had no resident minister in the village. It was thriving in the early years of the twentieth century judging from frequent reports of well-attended meetings and services, overseen by circuit or visiting ministers or lay preachers.

The chapel was first licensed for marriages in 1903.

The chapel was closed for a time in 1906 while exterior and interior repairs were carried out, including the installation of a new pulpit.

A number of reports indicate that it continued to thrive during the inter-war years, with services still conducted by circuit ministers and lay preachers. The chapel celebrated its centenary in September 1936, but it was a muted celebration because it followed two days after the death of one of the stalwarts of the chapel, Mrs Mary Noble, wife of the village postmaster Tom Noble. Mrs Noble had in fact been the chief organizer of the centenary celebration.

Alongside the main chapel building was the Methodist Hall. While evidence of post-WW2 events is sparse, it appears that the main building was closed and sold off in the 1950s or early 1960s and converted to residential use. Services and other activities, such as the Sunday school then took place in the hall. Eventually all chapel-related activities ceased and from the late 1960s or early 1970s, the hall was chiefly used by an infants' playgroup until its deteriorating condition necessitated its closure in 1987.

 

A Congregational chapel was built in 1804 and enlarged in 1846. It is now a private house.


I would like to acknowledge that much of the information cam from Tony Biles and Bob Alldo