Christ Church, Birmingham facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsChrist Church, Birmingham
Christ Church, now demolished
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Length||140 feet (43 m)|
|Width||71 feet (22 m)|
The church was built by public subscription. The site was donated by William Phillips Ing. The foundation stone was laid on 22 July 1805 by George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth. The Earl of Dartmouth was representing King George III, who had intended to lay the foundation stone personally, but was prevented from doing so by illness. The King gave £1,000 (equivalent to £60,182 in 2021) towards the construction. The final cost was £26,000. The original architect was Birmingham-based William Hollins.
It was consecrated on 6 July 1813 by James Cornwallis, 4th Earl Cornwallis, the Bishop of Lichfield. It was unusual in that all of the seating on the ground floor was free, and it came to be known as the 'Free Church'.
It was built in stone in the Classical style with Doric columns dominating the west front. The square west tower, completed in 1814, supported an octagonal belfry and an octagonal spire. The original design had included a cupola instead of a spire. The catacombs beneath the church were believed to contain the re-interred remains of John Baskerville.
The building and site were sold in 1897; the proceeds were used to build St Agatha's Church, Sparkbrook. The church was demolished in 1899. Part of the parish was given to St Barnabas' Church, Birmingham.
- John Hume Spry 1813 - 1824
- Archdeacon George Hodson 1824 - 1832
- John George Breay 1832 - 1840
- George Lea 1840 - 1864 (afterwards vicar of St George's Church, Edgbaston)
- Charles Marson 1864 - 1871 (afterwards vicar of Clevedon, Somerset)
- Albert Workman 1871 - 1881
- Rev Prebendary E.R. Mason 1881 - 1888 (afterwards vicar of Oxton, Nottinghamshire)
- Rev Prebendary C.B. Willcox 1889 - 1897 (formerly vicar of St Jude’s Church, Moorfield, Sheffield)
An organ was installed by Thomas Elliot, of London.
- Thomas Munden 1818 - 1856
Notable people buried at the church include:
- Joseph Frederick Ledsam (1791-1862), Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwick, High Sheriff of Worcestershire and deputy chairman of the London and North Western Railway
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