As with all designs that break with tradition St Andrew’s began its life in 1905 as a maligned building for not following the gothic in-vogue style. In fact the architect George Payne had won a design competition for his avant garde neo-Romanesque style and thanks to him St Andrews is said to be the best example of this style in the Southern hemisphere today.
Its striking interior with the wholly suspended arched timber roof and red bricks is reminiscent of a mediaeval banquet or hunting hall and contains a couple of amazing treasures. One is the wooden communion set used by the Chaplain of St Andrews’ during World War I when he celebrated communion at Gallipoli and the other is a priceless collection of communion tokens dating from 1678 that were distributed by ministers of banned religions during the Braveheart era of persecution in Scotland.
The stained glass windows to the right near the entrance are by renowned stained glass artist William Bustard and were made in the nearby RS Exton building, which today is but a façade of its former self.