The Churches of Britain and Ireland

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West Midlands on Wikipedia.

Acock's Green, Birmingham - see the Acock's Green page.
Aldridge, St. Mary the Virgin, on The Green. SK 060 007. Peter Wood. Three further views - 1, 2, 3, all Dennis Harper (2012). Link. Methodist Church on Anchor Road. Another view. Both Dennis Harper (2012). Link.
Aston, Birmingham - see Birmingham.

Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Barston, St. Swithin (1721) on Barston Lane, on the site of a medieval church destroyed in a fire. SP 207 780. Aidan McRae Thomson. Another view, and an interior view, both Richard Roberts (2015). Link. Grade II* listed.
Bearswood, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Bentley, Walsall - see Walsall.
Bickenhill, St. Peter. Two further views - 1, 2, a sun-dial, and a handsome tomb in the churchyard. SP 188 824. All Martin Richter (2011). Link1. Link2. Grade I listed - link.
Billesley, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.
Bilston, Wolverhampton.
Binley, Coventry - see Coventry.
Brandwood End, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.
Brierley Hill.
Bromley - see Pensnett.
Brookfields, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.
Bushbury, Wolverhampton, West Midlands - see Wolverhampton.

Castle Bromwich, St. Mary and St. Margaret. Another view. SP 1424 8985. Both Karel Kuča (2007). Link. Grade I listed.
Chadwick End, possible former chapel. Another view. ca. SP 207 730. Both John Bowdler (2011). John thinks that a former chapel marked on old maps is this building. There is another nearby on Netherwood Lane (the Netherwood Lane Free Church), but there was no obvious evidence that the building survives. Can you provide more information about either? Howard Richter has been examining old maps, and doubts that this is the old chapel, which he thinks stood about 50 yards to the east of the main road. A Mission Church in the late 19th century, on the 1961 map it was shown as Chadwick End Church (CofE). Howard suspects that neither the Mission Church, or the Free Church, survive.
Coseley - see Dudley.
Cradley, St. Peter. SO 942 852. Roy Graham. Two Gates Ragged School Chapel (1867). SO 943 844. Paul E. Barnett (2014). Link.
Cradley Heath.

Dorridge, St. Philip. SP 167 749. Chris Emms (2009).

Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Ettinsghall, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.

Foleshill, Coventry - see Coventry.
Fordhouses, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.

Hall Green, Birmingham - see the Hall Green page.
Hampton in Arden, St. Mary and St. Bartholomew on High Street (12th century). SP 202 807. Chris Emms (2009). Another view, Richard Roberts (2015). Link. Grade I listed. Coptic Orthodox Church. SP 204 808. Chris Emms (2009).
Handsworth, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Harborne, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Hay Mills, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Heathtown, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.
Hilltop, West Bromwich - see West Bromwich.
Hockley Heath, St. Thomas. Aidan McRae Thomson. St. Thomas's Mortuary Chapel. Caroline Webb. Umberslade Baptist Church. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Holly Hall, Dudley - see Dudley.
Hurst Hill, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.

King's Heath, Birmingham.
Kingstanding, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.
Kingswinford, St. Mary. Dorothy Turley. Interior view, and the font, both Dennis Harper (2014). Church of Ascension. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Methodist Church on Stream Road. Another view. Both Dennis Harper (2011). Our Lady of Lourdes (R.C.) on Summerhill. Another view, also showing the old church to the right. The old church. All Dennis Harper (2013). Link.
Knowle, St. John the Baptist, St. Lawrence and St. Anne. SP 1822 7674. Mark Turbott. Another view, and the interior, both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link, and the history page. Wikipedia entry. Grade I listed. U.R.C. on Station Road. SP 1801 7650. Mark Turbott. Link. History page, which dates it to 1932, and identifies its predecessor (2023 Streetview) as what is now a restaurant on High Street. It's labelled on older maps as Congregational, and dates from 1835. SP 1822 7663.

Lower Gornal, Dudley.

Netherton, Dudley - see Dudley.

Old Hill, Holy Trinity. Link. Wesleyan Methodist Church, soon to be demolished. Both John French.
Olton, Solihull - see Solihull.
Oxley, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.

Packwood, St. Giles. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Parkfields, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.
Pedmore - see the Stourbridge page.
Pelsall, St. Michael and All Angels on Church Road and Hall Lane. Dating from 1844, it was extended in 1889, and the church hall added in 1985. SK 020 030. Link. Methodist Church (1970's) on Chapel Street. The older attached building to the right is a 19th century former school, now used by the church as meeting rooms. SK 022 034. Old maps show a now-vanished Wesleyan Chapel on the other side of the road. Evangelical Church on Old Town Lane. SK 018 034. Link. All Richard Roberts (2017).
Penn and Penn Fields, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.
Perry Barr, St. John. Peter Wood.
Potters Green, Coventry - see Coventry.

Quarry Bank, Christ Church on High Street. SO 929 861. Roy Graham. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all Dennis Harper (2013). Congregational Church on High Street. Dennis Harper (2013). Quinton, Birmingham - see Birmingham.

Rowley Regis, St. Giles. John French. Link.
Rushall, Walsall - see Walsall.

Sheldon, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Shirley, St. James the Great. Previously in the unknown section, this was identified by John Clements. There are some small differences between the postcard and the photo on the church website (see the tower pinnacles, for example), but there are enough similarities to make the identification certain. SP 1195 7882. From an old postcard (franked 1905), in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view,
Chris Kippin. Grade II listed.
Small Heath, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
South Yardley, Birmingham - see the South Yardley page.
Sparkhill, Birmingham - see Birmingham.
Stechford, Birmingham - see the Stechford page.
Streetly, St. Anne (R.C.) on Bridal Lane. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson.
Styvechale, Coventry - see Coventry.
Sutton Coldfield, Holy Trinity. SP 1219 9628. From an old postcard (franked 1909), in Graeme Harvey's Collection. A modern view, and the interior, both Aidan McRae Thomson. Another view, John Balaam (2022). Not photographable at the time of John's visit, the new entrance vestibule can be seen in a Streetview from 2020 - it hardly seems to be an improvement on the earlier entrance, seen in a Streetview from 2011, which at least had consistency of construction materials. Why was it necessary to change it? Link. Grade I listed.

Temple Balsall, St. Mary. Interior view. SP 2069 7598. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link. Grade I listed, wherein it's dated to circa 1290 for the Knights Templar, and "Much restored in late C13 style by Sir George Gilbert Scott, 1849". This source however, suggests it was built by the Knight's of St. John (the Hospitallers), after 1322. My edition of Pevsner favours the Templars, and the late C13.
Tettenhall and Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.
Tyseley, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.

Upper Gornal, Dudley - see Dudley.

Wall Heath, St. Andrew (U.R.C.) on Kidderminster Road. Another view. Wall Heath Evangelical Free Church on Enville Road. All Dennis Harper (2011).
Warley, St. Mary, at Bearwood. Redeemed Christian Church of God, lies on the boundary of Birmingham and Warley. Both John French. For Warley, see also Oldbury.
Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.
West Bromwich.
Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton - see Wolverhampton.
Willenhall, Coventry - see Coventry.
Wordsley, Holy Trinity. Dorothy Turley. Another view, Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Amblecote Wordsley Methodist Church (1993) on Audnam and Platts Road. Dennis Harper (2011).

Yardley, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.
Yardley Wood, Birmingham - see the Birmingham page.




10 February 2024

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