Memorial plaques

Many memorial plaques are affixed to the interior walls of the church. Those on the walls of the apse are the oldest – the more modern ones are on the side walls of the aisles. The one to the left on the wall behind the desk is in memory of one of the daughters of Rev. John Sikes Sawbridge who died when only 7 months old, obviously a very sad occasion.

On the left hand wall of the apse are two memorials. One is to Rev. William Daniels, the benefactor of the new church. This memorial is glowing in its praise for the man, he must have been a remarkable priest in every respect. The other is to Rev. William Collier, a long serving vicar with a passion for boxing, unusual for a priest!

On the right hand wall of the apse is a memorial in brass to a former vicar Rev. Wybrow and his wife. It tells of their love for the church.

Two other more modern memorials there are to the Lister Kayes. They lived in the Manor House opposite the church, their business interests being the old Rugby Cement Company, now Cemex. This family’s presence ended in the early 1970’s with the death of the last member to live there.

On the wall behind the pulpit is a memorial from the old church in memory of Samuel Taylor and his wife, who died in 1752. He had been lord of the manor at the time of the enclosure of the open fields in the parish.

Each side of the east window are two unusual memorials which take the form of painted panels. The panels show angels which were painted by Mr Norman, an ecclesiastical artist from Warwick. The panels are in memory of the Wilcox and Borsley family members. The Wilcox family were the village bakers and the Borsleys were the village grocers.

The memorials on the south aisle wall are to good, faithful servants of God who devoted their lives to the work of the church namely Harry Goodgame, Bert Shelton and Leslie White.

The memorial on the north aisle wall is to those men from the parish who died in the two world wars. This memorial is always decorated with the poppy displays and wreaths.