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Christ Church, Birmingham
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Christ Church, now demolished
52°28′47″N 1°54′07″W / 52.4798°N 1.9020°W / 52.4798; -1.9020Coordinates: 52°28′47″N 1°54′07″W / 52.4798°N 1.9020°W / 52.4798; -1.9020
Location Birmingham
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Architecture
Architect(s)
  • William Hollins
  • Charles Norton
Groundbreaking 1805
Completed 1813 (1813)
Construction cost £26,000
Closed 1897
Demolished 1899 (1899)
Specifications
Length 140 feet (43 m)
Width 71 feet (22 m)
Birmingham in 1886
Christ Church can be seen in the centre of this print of 1886 between the Town Hall and the Council House

Christ Church, Birmingham, was a parish church in the Church of England on Colmore Row, Birmingham from 1805 to 1899.

History

Print, ticket, manuscript (BM C,2.279-284) retouched (cropped)
Concert admission ticket, 1805 or 1806, showing the original design, with a cupola instead of a spire
Samuel Lines - Birmingham from the Dome of St Philip's Church in 1821
Christ Church viewed from St Phillip's in a painting by Samuel Lines, 1821
Christ Church, Birmingham - foundation stone now in St Agatha, Sparkbrook
Foundation stone, now in St Agatha's Church, Sparkbrook

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 2018)2018 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 parish was assigned from St Martin in the Bull Ring and St. Philips' Church in 1865.

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.

Vicars

  • 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)

Organ

An organ was installed by Thomas Elliot, of London.

Organists

  • Thomas Munden 1818 - 1856

Burials

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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