St John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove

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St John's Church, Bromsgrove
St John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove
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Church of St John the Baptist, Bromsgrove
Coordinates: 52°20′02.8″N 2°3′52.6″W / 52.334111°N 2.064611°W / 52.334111; -2.064611
Location Bromsgrove
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Website St Johns Bromsgrove
Dedication St John the Baptist
Parish Bromsgrove
Deanery Bromsgrove
Archdeaconry Dudley
Diocese Diocese of Worcester

The Church of St John the Baptist, Bromsgrove is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England in Bromsgrove.[1]


The graves of engine driver Scaife and fireman Rutherford in the churchyard

The church dates from the 12th century, but is predominantly of 14th and 15th century construction. It was restored in 1858 by George Gilbert Scott.

There are 13th century and early 16th century alabaster monuments in the north chapel and an alabaster effigy of 1517 in the chancel.

In 1855, the church built Holy Trinity Church, Lickey as a chapel of ease.

Buried side by side in the churchyard are two railwaymen, engine driver Thomas Scaife and fireman Joseph Rutherford, who both lost their lives when the boiler of their locomotive exploded in Bromsgrove station on 10 November 1840. Their gravestones both show reliefs of steam locomotives. However, the locomotive involved was an experimental one called 'Eclipse' and not one of the curious engines built for the railway by Norris of Philadelphia, an American, which is depicted on the stones.[2]

War Memorial[edit]

Inside the church is a large, cast metal memorial to the men of Bromsgrove who were killed in the First World War. Among the names listed is Captain Noel Chavasse, VC & Bar, MC (1884–1917), the medical doctor and Olympic athlete from the Chavasse family. He is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice.[3]



There are records of organ in the church dating from 1808 when a small instrument was installed by Thomas Elliot. The opening recital was given by Bishop Simms. There have been subsequent rebuildings and renovations over the years, resulting in a 3-manual and pedal pipe organ. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]


  • James Simms 1809 - 1854
  • J. B. Tirbutt 1854 - ????


  1. ^ The buildings of England. Worcestershire, Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ Rolt, L.T.C. Red For Danger (1966 ed.). Pan Books. p. 69.  Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^£01185