Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley

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Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley
Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley
52°28′14″N 1°52′39″W / 52.4705°N 1.8776°W / 52.4705; -1.8776Coordinates: 52°28′14″N 1°52′39″W / 52.4705°N 1.8776°W / 52.4705; -1.8776
Location Birmingham
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Architect(s) Francis Goodwin
Groundbreaking 1820
Completed 1822
Construction cost £14,235
Closed 1971
Capacity 1821 persons
Length 135.5 feet (41.3 m)
Width 75.8 feet (23.1 m)
Height 45 feet (14 m)
Spire height 83.6 feet (25.5 m)
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Birmingham

Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley is a Grade II listed former parish church in the Church of England in Birmingham.[1]


The church was built between 1820 and 1822 by the architect Francis Goodwin in the decorated perpendicular gothic style. The church was consecrated on 23 January 1823 by James Cornwallis, 4th Earl Cornwallis the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and a separate parish was formed in 1864. In 1865 the church formed a mission which was to become St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham.

The church became the centre of a battle over high church practices introduced by the vicar Richard William Enraght. The vicar was prosecuted in 1880 in a trial which was known nationally as the Bordesley Wafer Case.[2]

In autumn 1875 a group of cricketers from the church formed an Association football team, Small Heath Alliance, which became Birmingham City F.C.[3]

The church was closed in 1970 and spent some time as a homeless shelter.



The organ in the church was built by Banfield in 1847. There were several modifications over the years. A specification of the organ from towards the end of its life can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]



  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. The buildings of England. Warwickshire. 
  2. ^ Roberts, G. Bayfield (1895). The History of the English Church Union 1859-1894. 
  3. ^ "The Early Years 1875-1904" (PDF). When Football Was Football. Haynes. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Warwickshire Birmingham--Bordesley, Holy Trinity, Bradford Street [N07302]". The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) V2.11. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 2015-01-04.