St Edith's at Monk's Kirby is one of the grandest churches in Warwickshire; having formerly been monastic it was built on a huge scale; the aisled nave and chancel form one vessel with no structural division, all built of rich red sandstone except for the later upper part of the tower giving it a distinctive two-toned red and white look ('the strawberries & cream church' according to a local friend!).
The interior is a huge, dark, cavernous space, and with all three aisles virtually the same height feels like a German hall church. The arcades have no capitals, giving them an Arts & Crafts feel. The windows are large but high up (there was formerly a cloister to the north) and admit only so much light, having much rich glass by Hardman's at the west end and a fine early Powell's to the east. The furnishings are not old and the main items of interest are the monuments, with two tudor-period tombs with effigies in the Fielding chapel in the north east corner (the clutter in here grows with every visit!). There are ghostly white marble 19th century memorials further west in the north aisle with members of the Earl of Denbigh's family in high relief, and a badly worn medieval knight's head poking out the wall at the north west corner (fragment of a large tomb effigy).
This is a very familiar church for me as I'd been here several times over the years, in fact it was one of the first old churches I ever saw as a child (my mother wanted to see the monuments here when I was about 5, but I ruined her visit by finding the tombs way too spooky and had to be taken out in a state of distress!). Last year I was working on the stained glass under the tower, so was keen to get some pics without scaffolding, but alas instead of no scaffolding there was now loads more of the stuff with the south side completely covered, so those windows and better exterior shots will have to wait for yet another visit, but at least that shouldn't be difficult as the church is normally open to visitors.