St Andrew's Church, Handsworth

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St Andrew's Church
Parish Church of St Andrew, Oxhill Road, Birmingham (2).jpg
St Andrew's
52°30′50.73″N 1°56′10.71″W / 52.5140917°N 1.9363083°W / 52.5140917; -1.9363083Coordinates: 52°30′50.73″N 1°56′10.71″W / 52.5140917°N 1.9363083°W / 52.5140917; -1.9363083
LocationHandsworth, West Midlands
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Andrew
Heritage designationGrade I listed
Architect(s)William Bidlake
Completed1909 (1909)
ParishHandsworth St Andrew
Vicar(s)Rev. Douglas. T. Machiridza
Reader(s)Carole Sami - Lay Minister
Alison Thorne - Lay Minister
Valerie Powell - Lay Minister
Stuart Jeffs - Lay Minister
Organist/Director of musicStuart Jeffs

St Andrew’s Church, Handsworth is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England[1] in Handsworth, West Midlands.


The church originated as the mission church of the Good Shepherd. It opened in a temporary building in 1894 as a mission church of St. Mary's, Handsworth. The current building was designed by the architect William Bidlake in the Arts and Crafts style. Work started in 1907[2] and the building was completed in 1908. The church was dedicated in 1910 and it was consecrated in 1914 when a parish was assigned from St Mary’s and St James'.


The church has a two manual pipe organ by William Bird and Sons of Selly Park. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. [3]


The church has a traditional, robed, parish Choir whose primary function is to lead the sung mass worship at the main service on Sunday at 10.00 am. The choir consists of a cross section of age groups and is structured using the traditional 'SATB' voices. The choir sing and perform traditional, classical and modern works and rehearse and sing a liturgically suitable anthem each Sunday.


  1. ^ The Buildings of England: Warwickshire: Nikolaus Pevsner.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St Andrew, Oxhill Road B21 (1076219)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ "D03301 Version 3.1". National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR). Reigate, United Kingdom: The British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 3 February 2014.

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