St Augustines Church, Rugeley, Staffordshire - Added to Places of Worship in West Midlands

I have just added this to the map of places to fly your drone at Drone Scene:

Land owner permission not required.

St Augustine’s Church, which was opened in 1823 by the Bishop of Chester. It was built as a replacement for the original parish church, which had become too small for the town’s growing congregation and was in a poor state of repair. The remains of the original church can be seen on the other side of the road.

A new high-quality chancel at the east end of the church was proposed and would contain an altar and seats for the clergy and choir. In 1905 Lady Alexander Paget laid the foundation stone. The stone contains a time capsule that has a George III crown coin retrieved from the foundation stone of the 1823 church.

The present chancel with its flanking lady chapel, two vestries and organ gallery was designed by Frank L. Pearson. The stained glass of the east window is the work of the well-known designer C.E. Kemp.

The total cost of the chancel, which was dedicated on 29 June 1906 by the Bishop of Lichfield, was £4,961 19s 7d. The Earl of Lichfield donated the building stone. A new oak pulpit was dedicated as a memorial to Rugeley benefactress Sarah Hopkins, whose legacy provided £2,000 of the building cost.

Parking is available in the nearby Aldi carpark adjacent to St Augustine Field.

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 26/12/2022. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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