St Paul's Square, Birmingham

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St Paul's Church in the centre of the square

St Paul’s Square, is a Georgian square in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, England, named after the church in its centre. It is the last remaining Georgian Square in the city.

Built 1777–79 on the Newhall estate of the Colmore family, it was an elegant and desirable location in the mid 19th century. At the end of the 19th century the square was swallowed by workshops and factories, with the fronts of some buildings being pulled down to make shop fronts or factory entrances. Much restoration was done in the 1970s and many of the buildings are Grade II listed

As well as bars, cafes and restaurants, which line the Square's four sides, a number of apartment schemes have been built in the area. The most recent[when?] is Chord Development's mixed-use scheme, which comprises 148 apartments, which includes the restoration of the facade of the Thomas Walker building - the former buckle maker, which fronts onto the square. Chord has created two courtyards and added three new wings to the former-factory, on Northwood Street, Caroline Street and James Street. At the heart of the development is a communal courtyard, designed by award-winning landscape architect Alan Gardner.

St Paul's Club, is also situated in St Paul's Square. Formed in 1859, it is the Midland's oldest private members club. The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists has its offices and gallery in premises just off the square.

St Paul's Square is served by St Paul's tram stop.

St Paul's Church[edit]

St Paul's Church

Designed by Roger Eykyn of Wolverhampton, building started in 1777, and the church was consecrated in 1779. It was built on land given by Charles Colmore from his Newhall estate. It was the church of Birmingham's early manufacturers and merchants - Matthew Boulton and James Watt had their own pews, which were bought and sold as commodities at that time.

It is a rectangular church, similar in appearance to St Martin in the Fields, London. The spire was added in 1823 by Francis Goodwin. The east window has an important 1791 stained-glass window designed by Benjamin West and made by Francis Eginton. It shows the Conversion of St Paul. The church is a Grade I listed building.[1][2]

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Coordinates: 52°29′07″N 1°54′21″W / 52.4852°N 1.9058°W / 52.4852; -1.9058