St Peter's Church, Harborne

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St. Peter's Church, Harborne
52°27′16″N 1°57′31″W / 52.454326°N 1.958538°W / 52.454326; -1.958538Coordinates: 52°27′16″N 1°57′31″W / 52.454326°N 1.958538°W / 52.454326; -1.958538
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Website stpeterharborne.org.uk
History
Dedication St. Peter
Administration
Parish Harborne
Deanery Edgbaston
Archdeaconry Birmingham
Diocese Birmingham
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s) Graeme Richardson
Honorary priest(s)
  • Marlene Parsons
  • John Russell
Laity
Organist/Director of music David Friel

Saint Peter's is the ancient parish church of Harborne, Birmingham, England.

Background[edit]

There has been a church on the site since Saxon times and St Chad is even thought to have preached there. The base of an early preaching cross was found in the mid-1980s during work at the back of the church. The parish formerly covered what is now Smethwick (North Harborne), all of current Harborne and even parts of Quinton (Ridgeacre).

The present building is Victorian, dating from the 1860s[1] by architect Yeoville Thomason.[2] Elihu Burritt, who was living in Harborne at the time was on the committee that oversaw the restoration. The tower is far older and is all that remains of the medieval church. It is believed to date from the 14th century. The sanctuary was rebuilt during 1974/5 after a fire. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

Burials[edit]

There are also 40 war graves of Commonwealth service personnel, 22 from World War I and 18 from World War II.[4]

List of Vicars[edit]


Bells[edit]

The bells were purchased from the church of Bishop Ryder in Deritend and installed by John Taylor & Co. The ring of eight was dedicated on 2 March 1963. The tenor bell weighs nearly 13 cwt and the ring is in F#.

Organ[edit]

The organ dates from 1975, replacing a previous instrument destroyed in a fire. The organ specification was designed by George Miles, the church organist, and can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register

List of organists[edit]

  • Roland Mellor Winn 1874[5] - ca. 1880[6] - ????
  • Franklyn Mountford 1903 - ca. 1927[7] - ???? (formerly organist of St. John's Church, Truro)
  • George Miles 1946[8] - 1988
  • Ian Ledsham 1993 - 2000
  • Victoria Gravenor 2001 - 2004
  • David Friel 2005–present


References[edit]

  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Warkwickshire, Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ a b English Heritage. "Grade II (217466)". Images of England. 
  3. ^ "Meet Bob Brettle, the bare-knuckle boxing landlord; back in time.". Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England: Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd). 2007-03-11. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  4. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.
  5. ^ Huddersfield Chronicle - Saturday 21 March 1874
  6. ^ Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Saturday 23 October 1880
  7. ^ Western Morning News - Wednesday 17 August 1927
  8. ^ Who's who in Music. Shaw Publishing Ltd. First Post War Edition. 1949-50