St Augustine of Canterbury

Large Roman basilica style church built for the growing population of Swindon because of the Great Western Railway.

Even Swindon, Wiltshire

Opening times

The church is always open on a Saturday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am and usually an hour before all services. The church can be opened upon request.


Summers Street
Even Swindon

St Augustine's is a large church which is only half the size it was supposed to be. Consists of a wide nave, with walled choir and semi circular apse (polygonal on the outside).

Inside contains four different artworks by Fleur Kelly in the Byzantine style including the magnificent apse ceiling of Mary, Christ in Majesty and St Augustine painted in egg tempera and surrounded by two types of gold leaf. She also painted two large icons and two triptych's. There are several stained glass windows including on to the south of the choir by Basil Barber, and apprentice of Sir Ninian Comper.

The font is a replica of the Norman font at Stanton Fitzwarren and is surrounded by statues of representing the goodly Christian virtues stamping on the evil vices. Sir John Betjeman was said to be a regular visitor to evensong and is know to have visited the church on several occasions.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access throughout

  • Dog friendly

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

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