The village takes it's name from the church............. Rushmere St Andrew, which is now almost part of Ipswich and at first glance the church looks like many other Suffolk churches.
But as you walk up the path and look to the right you see a whole new extension, a Church Hall to use for village events ,built to accommodate the growing population as the village becomes a suburb.
And inside the main building is not quite as you would expect either another more recent addition and the reason this church gets a mention in the 100 Churches book. The chancel was enlarged and modernised in 1967.It really is a church of two halves!
This means the altar is now central so that both parts of the church - old and new can be used separately or both at once.
This photo I'm standing in the old part looking over the altar into the new modern enlarged chancel
And to take this photo I'm in the new bit looking back to the older church and then
standing with the altar behind me a closer look at the medieval building
There are a few narrow stained glass windows in the older part of the church
Also getting a mention in the book are the C19 carved bench ends - lots of angels
and one holds a model of the chancel before it was rebuilt and extended
A Large carved memorial in the old part of the church
A very modern artwork of the Last Supper in the new bit.
It was unusual to find someone in a church but there was a lady there cleaning so it was nice to have a chat about the modern extension and how useful it is to the village.
Lots more pictures and explanation of the building CAN BE SEEN HERE
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