Bishop Ryder Church, Birmingham

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Bishop Ryder Memorial Church, Birmingham
DenominationChurch of England
Architect(s)Thomas Rickman and Richard Charles Hussey
Construction cost£4,500 (£371,835 in 2016)[1]

Bishop Ryder Memorial Church, Birmingham, was a parish church in the Church of England in Birmingham from 1838 to 1960.


Built on Gem Street in Gosta Green in Birmingham, it was a red brick and stone church designed by Thomas Rickman and Richard Charles Hussey in the Gothic style. It was built to commemorate Henry Ryder, Bishop of Lichfield[2] and was consecrated in 1838. A parish was created out of St Martin in the Bull Ring in 1841.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1894 by J. A. Chatwin funded by J.C. Holder in memory of his father, Henry Holder.[3] In 1925 the parish of St Mary's Church, Whittall Street, Birmingham was united with Bishop Ryder, and in 1939 part of the parish and the benefice of St Bartholomew’s Church, Birmingham, were united.

The church was demolished in 1960. Gem Street also no longer exists, but the church was located in the middle of the modern Aston University campus.



For the consecration in 1838, a single bell by William Taylor of Oxford was installed. In 1869 Blews and Son provided a ring of eight bells at a cost of £600.[6] These were later recast by Taylors of Loughborough. When the church was closed the bells were transferred to St Peter's Church, Harborne.


The first organ in the church was built by Theodore Charles Bates of London and opened on 7 December 1841.[7]

A later organ was built by J C Banfield which was renovated in 1939 by Walter James Bird. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[8]


  1. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ Osbornes' Guide to the Grand Junction, Or Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester Railway: Edward Cornelius Osborne. 1840
  3. ^ Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 3 July 1893
  4. ^ Newcastle Journal, Saturday 7 March 1863
  5. ^ Cornishman, Thursday 20 August 1931
  6. ^ Birmingham Journal - Saturday 23 January 1869
  7. ^ Birmingham Gazette - Monday 6 December 1841
  8. ^ "The National Pipe Organ Register - NPOR". Retrieved 30 July 2016.