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Alvechurch (// ALV-church) is a large village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove district in northeast Worcestershire, England, in the valley of the River Arrow. It is 11 miles (18 km) south of Birmingham, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Redditch and 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Bromsgrove. At the 2001 Census, the population was 5,316.
King Offa of Mercia gave the land forming the parish to Bishops of Worcester in 780. The parish is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068 as "Alvievecherche" with a small population of under 20 people. In the 13th Century the Bishop of Worcester built a palace in the village, and a weekly market and an annual fair were established.
The Bishop's Palace was pulled down in the 17th century, the only remnants being part of the moat and a yew tree which formerly stood in the palace grounds.
From the 19th century to the mid-twentieth century there was a brick factory in the hamlet of Withybed on the edge of the village. Other local industries included nail and needle making. Dellow cars were made in Alvechurch between 1949 and 1956.
The village has a number of medieval half-timbered buildings, as well as many Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian buildings.
The church of St Laurence dates back to 1239. It is situated on high ground, and was probably the site of an earlier Mercian church, although nothing remains of the earlier wooden building. Much of the church was rebuilt between 1858 and 1861 by William Butterfield. There is a 1,348-pipe organ. The tower has a peal of eight bells, rung regularly by the North Worcestershire and District Change Ringing Association. The Ark, a £1m extension to the church was built in 2005 despite a village referendum in February 2004 voting against the erection of the building.
There are also many newer residential buildings and a First and Middle school with library. In 2008 a new first and middle school were built north-east of the village, the old school has since been demolished and the new estate has road names commemorating the house names of the school.
Arts and entertainment
There is also a renowned local amateur dramatic group, the Alvechurch Drama Society which produces two plays per year at the village hall.  The group is celebrated for its original pantomimes which are written by Chris Davies and Paul Chamberlain.
The football team that serves the village is Alvechurch FC, which was founded in 1929 and played in the local park prior to a move to Lye Meadow. They reached the Third Round of the FA Cup in 1973, losing 4-2 to Bradford City, the club was at its greatest in the 80's when it spent a large stint in the Southern League Premier. In November 1993 they folded, but a group of supporters resurrected the club in 1994, in season 2002-03 the club gained promotion to the Midland Football Alliance, now known as the Midland Football League Premier, and won the division in the 2016-17 season. In the 2017-18 season, they finished 2nd in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division 1 South, gaining promotion to the 3rd tier of the non league pyramid. As of the 2018-19 season they play in the Evo-Stik Southern Football League Central Premier.
The village also has a local cricket team.
Travel and transport
Alvechurch railway station, opened in 1859, is on the Cross-City Line. It provides local trains to Redditch and Lichfield via Birmingham. The station is unmanned. On 1 September 2014, a passing loop and second platform were completed and officially opened.
The A441 road used to pass through the village, but now a relief road by-passes the village, helping to reduce traffic and pollution. Recently, specific traffic-calming measures have been added to the village's main thoroughfares. These 'pinch-points' reduce the road width to one raised central lane, preventing drivers from speeding and promoting considerate road use.
Alvechurch F.C. play their home games at Lye Meadow on Redditch Road.
- Alvechurch was the birthplace of Fay Weldon the novelist and Godfrey Baseley, creator of The Archers.
- Alan Smith who scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup final played for Alvechurch F.C.
- Lord Digby Jones lived in Alvechurch; his parents owned a shop in the village.
- Home of Tracie Andrews who murdered Lee Harvey in 1996 in the high-profile case which Tracie initially blamed on a 'road rage' killer.
- Birthplace of writer James Delingpole.
- Census 2001
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