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Sparkhill United Church, Including Church Rooms to Rear

A Grade II Listed Building in Springfield, Birmingham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4428 / 52°26'34"N

Longitude: -1.8559 / 1°51'21"W

OS Eastings: 409890

OS Northings: 282771

OS Grid: SP098827

Mapcode National: GBR 6BQ.46

Mapcode Global: VH9Z3.SV6P

Entry Name: Sparkhill United Church, Including Church Rooms to Rear

Listing Date: 10 February 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096067

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490033

Location: Birmingham, B13

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Springfield

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Springfield

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Listing Text


997/0/10416 STRATFORD ROAD
10-FEB-03 Sparkhill United Church, including chu
rch rooms to rear

II

Congregational church. 1932-3 by W H Bidlake. Red brick with gabled plain tile roofs.
PLAN: 4-bay aisled nave, with apsidal east end and west porch. Church hall buildings extend to rear.
EXTERIOR: Romanesque style, incorporating Moderne and Domestic Revival elements. W front comprises a tall central bay clasped by lower flanking bays. The latter have clasped buttresses, terminating in ashlar blocks below 2-light windows with plain capitals to stone shafts; Lombard frieze, with corbelled soffits to ashlar corner blocks. Central bay has double-leaf doors in plain ashlar surround, with relief foliate carving flanking date plaque in tympanum. The whole is set within a deep arch with decorative tile and brickwork. Quatrefoil-carved roundels above tall 3-bay arcade, with plain capitals to shafts, the large rose window behind being set in a recessed wall. The central bay is continued upwards with clasped buttresses and a Lombard frieze. Paired round-arched metal casements with switch tracery to leaded lights in side elevations, which have gabled bays and linking aisles formed as lean-tos. Canted east end.
INTERIOR: 4-bay aisled nave with broad pointed-arched ribs to vaulted ceiling. West screen has dentilled cornice over leaded lights in upper glazed panels. The central two arches of the aisles have 2-light windows set above double arches with central ashlar column. Tall arch to sanctuary, which has panelled wall with 2-light windows above having ashlar columns to rerearches. Bolection-panelled pulpit. Benches with panelled backs and shouldered ends. West window has central Christ in Majesty framed by roundels of winged cherubim. Memorial window showing Flight to Egypt to Rev. John Bolton Petts, d. 1934.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: Church Hall buildings attached to rear, in similar materials and in overall asymmetrical Domestic Revival style with gabled and half-hipped roofs.

HISTORY: A fine example of early 20th century nonconformist church architecture. It was designed by W H Bidlake, a Birmingham-based architect who is best known for the prominent role that he played in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement. This church is a late example of his work and, in contrast to his other Gothic church work, represents a bold essay in the Romanesque style. It is a bold composition which is also distinguished by studious attention to detail, such as the carved stonework and tilework to the striking entrance porch, Bidlake drawing on native and north Italian architectural traditions.

Bryan Little, Birmingham Buildings: The Architectural Story of a Midland City. Newton Abbot, 1971.

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