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St Jude’s Church, Birmingham
52°28′34.1″N 1°53′58.2″W / 52.476139°N 1.899500°W / 52.476139; -1.899500Coordinates: 52°28′34.1″N 1°53′58.2″W / 52.476139°N 1.899500°W / 52.476139; -1.899500
Location Birmingham
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Consecrated 1851
Architect(s) Charles W Orford
Groundbreaking 1847
Completed 1851
Demolished 1971
Capacity 1300

St Jude’s Church, Birmingham is a former parish church in the Church of England in Birmingham.


The parish was formed in August 1846 from parts of the parishes of St Martin in the Bull Ring and St Philip’s. Building of the church started in 1850 when the Bishop of Worcester laid the foundation stone on 14 August and it was consecrated on 26 July 1851 by the Bishop of Worcester.

In 1861, the church opened St Jude’s Schools, also on Hill Street.

A restoration project was undertaken in 1879.

In 1905, the Society of the Precious Blood was started when Mother Millicent Mary SPB (formerly Millicent Taylor) took her vows in the church.

Depopulation of the city centre resulted in poor attendance, and the church was demolished in 1971. The site on Hill Street is now occupied by the Albany Banqueting Suite built in 1975.


The church was equipped with a pipe organ by Edward James Bossward dating from 1867. It was opened on 19 May 1867 and had 13 stops. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. On closure the organ was transferred to Clayesmore School in Dorset, and then moved to St Michael and All Angels Church, Exeter in 2013.

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