St John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove
|St John's Church, Bromsgrove|
|St John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove|
Church of St John the Baptist, Bromsgrove
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Website||St Johns Bromsgrove|
|Dedication||St John the Baptist|
|Diocese||Diocese of Worcester|
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.
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.
- Gilbert Talbot (soldier) and his first wife, Lady Elizabeth Talbot (née Greystoke, died 1490)
- John Talbot (died 1549) and his wives Margaret (née Troutbeck) and Elizabeth (née Wrottesley) - buried side by side
- Ralph Greystoke, 5th Baron Greystoke
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.
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