george edmund street


St Andrew, Church Aston, Shropshire by Aidan McRae Thomson
Via Flickr:
St Andrew’s at Church Aston dates from 1867 and is the work of well known Victorian architect George Edmund Street. The church consists of nave and chancel as a single vessel with a north aisle. There is no tower, just a simple lead-sheathed fleche on the nave roof. The interior is fairly simple but contains some attractive features, a reredos designed by Street and four Victorian stained glass windows, best of all being that on the south side of the nave by Morris & Co, in the style of Burne Jones. The south porch contains a battered piece of an ancient font, the last relic of the old chapel on this site that was demolished in 1803 and replaced with a brick building, in turn replaced by G.E.Street’s present church. Church Aston is now practically a suburb of Newport. I am unsure whether the church is kept open or not as I may have been lucky with timing, as someone was doing some tidying inside.

A couple of weeks ago I peered over a wall in Galata and saw a little patch of England. I found out that it was the Crimean War Memorial (Christ Church) designed by George Edmund Street. It’s only five minutes from home so I have been ringing the bell to see if someone could let me in for a look, and today I finally got lucky. I love that the Victorian tiled floor is covered in Turkish carpets.