The orginal St Andrew's Church was built in 1926. It was built of wood and corrugated iron and affectionately know as the "Tin Tabernacle". Built on land donated by Captain E.G. Pretyman, a secondhand structure was erected in 1907. This was a direct response to the growing Edwardian town centre and housing due to the introduction in the 1890s of general tomline Railway to Felixstowe.
In 1926 plans and funds to build a new church were in progress, the war having stopped the intended new building. Hilda Mason, the main Architect was the daughter of the owner of a concrete works hence the material used. The current building is unique in its style(only one of two in Europe) using the then modern construction methods and materials that would be “high, light and airy looking”. These materials are still causing great problems today and new technology and materials are being reviewed to solve the problem of the now infamous “concrete rot”. Although those in the know will agree that St Andrews will not fall down just yet, or in this generation’s lifetime!
The original intention of St Andrews can be summed up in words said at the opening by the Bishop of the Diocese. He said he “would be sorry if the beautiful church did not give rise to something exceptional in the Spiritual life of Felixstowe”.
Over the years St Andrews has contributed another facet to Parish life in that it often innovated, embraced and enhanced changes from the traditional “church” offered by the Parish