St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham
|St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham|
|Church of St Alban and St Patrick, Highgate, Birmingham|
St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham
|Location||Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Consecrated||4 December 1899|
|Heritage designation||Grade II* listed|
|Designated||25 April 1952|
|Architect(s)||John Loughborough Pearson|
|Architectural type||Gothic revival architecture|
|Length||130 feet (40 m)|
|Width||76 feet (23 m)|
|Nave width||26.5 feet (8.1 m)|
|Height||170 feet (52 m)|
|Diocese||Anglican Diocese of Birmingham|
The permanent church was designed by John Loughborough Pearson and built by the contractor Shillitoe of Doncaster. Work started in 1880 and the church was opened in 1881. The formal consecration took place on 4 December 1899. The construction cost was in the region of £20,000 (equivalent to £2,145,468 in 2018).
The patron is Keble College, Oxford.
St Alban's Church took over the parish of St Patrick's Church, Bordesley when St Patrick's was demolished in the early 1970s.
St Alban's Church stands in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England. The parish had passed Resolutions A and B of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, meaning they rejected the ordination of women, but these expired in 2016. They also voted on Alternative Episcopal Oversight, but this was rejected. In 2017, they voted on the replacement of Resolutions A and B, the Resolution under the House of Bishops' Declaration: "This was not carried, with equal votes for and against." This means that the parish would now accept a woman priest.
The cruciform building is in red brick, with dressings in ashlar. The tower and spire were added in 1938 by Edwin Francis Reynolds. The interior features a stained glass east window by Henry Payne and, in the south chapel, a copper Arts and Crafts triptych with painted panels, by local artists Kate and Myra Bunce and donated by them in 1919 in memory of their sisters and parents.
A Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque honouring the Bunce sisters was unveiled at St Alban's in September 2015, by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
- 1865James Samuel Pollock – 1894 :
- 1895Thomas Benson Pollock – 1896 :
- 1897George Philip Trevelyan – 1900 :
- 1900Canon Alfred Cecil Scott – 1910 :
- 1910Mark Napier Trollope – 1911 :
- 1911Francis Underhill – 1923 :
- 1923Dudley Clark – 1953 :
- 1953Canon Lawrence Goodrich Harding – 1981 :
- 1982David Handley Hutt – 1986 :
- 1987Michael Hedley Bryant – 1993 :
- 1995Canon James G. Pendorf – 2004 :
- 2005Canon John Hervé – 2010 :
- 2011Dr Pervaiz Sultan – 2013 :
- 2013Dr Nicholas lo Polito – 2016 :
The organ dates was installed second-hand in 1870 and was by Bryceson Son & Ellis. It was overhauled in 1940 by Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool who extended the compass to C and added electro-pneumatic action. The Pedal Trombone, Great Tuba and Swell 5-rank mixture were added at this date. A new oak organ case was created by Birmingham Sculptors Ltd and Craftinwood Ltd. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
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