St Swithun's Church
St Swithun is an elegant, perfectly preserved example of Georgian architecture, based in the heart of Worcester's city centre. Inside, it is airy and open with box pews, a gallery, and an attractive arched ceiling. The carved three-decker pulpit is a work of art, and the 1795 organ by the Gray Brothers is Grade I listed.
The Bells | Bellingringing
There are six bells in the church tower and are hung for "full-circle ringing”. Three of them are medieval and were cast in Worcester in the period 1400. The other three were also cast in Worcester and are dated 1654.
If you are interested in Bellringing or wish to bring your band of ringers to St Swithun’s please contact our Ringing Master, Simon Wilmshurst. Click here for contact information.
Listen to the sounds of St Swithun's
The present clock was made and installed by “Smith’s of Derby” in 1932 - It is a Three-train pendulum clock with Gravity Escapement, driven by automatically rewound weights. It has two dials; one on the west face of the tower and one above the east window. The latter is driven by a rod that runs through the roof for the whole length of the church.
St Swithun's boasts not one, but two stunning organs, both in excellent working condition: the original 18th century Gray organ, and also a replica Tudor organ; click here for more information. The church also has electric lighting and a small kitchenette with running water. Toilets facilities are available in the Olive Branch restaurant next door by kind permission of the restaurant owners.
'Sound and Art @ St Swithun’s' (SASS) is an innovative project designed not only to repair and conserve this fine building but also to provide modern facilities and improve access.
Work will start on site in summer 2018 with the site launching in autumn 2019. Throughout the construction phase, the Churches Conservation Trust will provide craft skills and business development apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to the Heart of Worcester College and Hewell Grant resettlement to work programme. Find out more about the SASS Project here.
Due to the forthcoming work on the SASS Project, St Swithun’s will be closed from August 2018 to Autumn 2019. Please revisit this website for further updates.
For the time being, you can get a key for the East door to St Swithun’s from the Tourist Office at the Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY Tel 01905 726311