St Barbara's Church, Earlsdon

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St Barbara's Church, Earlsdon
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52°23′50″N 1°32′20″W / 52.3971°N 1.5389°W / 52.3971; -1.5389Coordinates: 52°23′50″N 1°32′20″W / 52.3971°N 1.5389°W / 52.3971; -1.5389
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Founder(s) Sir Alfred Herbert
Consecrated 26 Sep 1931
Status Active
Architect(s) Henry Paley
Years built 1930-1931
Construction cost £17,644
Parish St Barbara's, Earlsdon
Deanery Coventry, South
Archdeaconry Coventry
Diocese Coventry

St Barbara's Church is in Earlsdon, a suburb of Coventry, West Midlands, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Coventry, South, the archdeaconry of Coventry, and the diocese of Coventry.[1] The church was built in 1930–31 to replace a smaller church nearby. It was designed by Henry Paley of the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley, with a local man, Herbert Jackson, acting as clerk of works and consulting architect.[2][3]

The foundation stone was laid on 28 September 1930 by Sir Alfred Herbert, a local industrialist, and the church was consecrated on 26 September 1931. Due to a lack of finance, the church was never completed, the missing parts being the western 2½ bays, two porches, a baptistry and a bell turret.[2][3] The total cost of the church was £17,644 (equivalent to £1,100,000 in 2016),[4] of which £975 was donated by Sir Alfred to build the Lady Chapel as a memorial to his late wife.[2]

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  1. ^ Earlsdon - St. Barbara's, Earlsdon, Church of England, retrieved 29 August 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 183, 253, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  3. ^ a b History of St Barbara's Church, St Barbara's, Earlsdon, retrieved 29 August 2012 
  4. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 

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