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St James the Less' Church, Ashted
St James the Less’ Church, Ashted
Coordinates: 52°29′8″N 1°52′42.5″W / 52.48556°N 1.878472°W / 52.48556; -1.878472
Location Birmingham
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St James the Less
Consecrated 1810
Completed 9 October 1791
Demolished 1956
Length 92 feet (28 m)
Width 56 feet (17 m)

St James the Less’ Church, Ashted is a former Church of England parish church in Ashted, Birmingham.


The church was originally the family home of Dr. Ash which he had built in 1780. This house was 56ft by 56ft. It was converted into chapel of ease to Aston Parish Church on 9 October 1791 and known as Ashted Chapel. In 1809, it was purchased by George Simcox and J.L. Green for £1,200, and they spent a further £1,500 rebuilding it. It was consecrated in 1810. The church contained a Nave and Chancel, choir vestry, clergy vestry, western vestibule, north west porch, south west porch and a western semi-circular baptistry. The circular cupola-tower contained a set of eight of Harrington’s tubular bells.

In 1853 land was taken from Aston Parish Church to form a parish.

It was repaired in 1829 when a new vicar, Revd. Josiah Allport, was appointed and arrived to find it closed and without a roof. under the supervision of Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson for a cost of £860. It was repaired again in 1887 - 1888 when again the roof was found to be liable to fall in. The interior was re-arranged, and a portion of the east end was rebuilt. The western vestibule was formed, and the organ was removed from the western gallery. This work cost around £2,500.

The church was damaged in an air raid during the Second World War and demolished in 1956.


  • Revd. Josiah Allport 1829 - 1859


An organ by Banfield was installed. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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