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Church of St Alban the Martyr

A Grade II* Listed Building in Nechells, Birmingham

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Latitude: 52.4659 / 52°27'57"N

Longitude: -1.8886 / 1°53'18"W

OS Eastings: 407664

OS Northings: 285337

OS Grid: SP076853

Mapcode National: GBR 62F.XX

Mapcode Global: VH9Z3.68XY

Plus Code: 9C4WF486+9H

Entry Name: Church of St Alban the Martyr

Listing Date: 25 April 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1290539

English Heritage Legacy ID: 217000

ID on this website: 101290539

Location: St Alban's Church, Highgate, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12

County: Birmingham

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Highgate

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 20/09/2016

SP 08 NE 7/25

Highgate B12
Church of St Alban the Martyr

(Formerly listed under Bordesley)


1879-81 by J L Pearson. A large Early English style church of cruciform plan. Red brick with ashlar dressings and some diaper work. Severe extension relying on play of brick against stone except at west end. Very tall clerestory above aisles,steep tiled roofs, buttressed apsidal chancel. The west end is flanked by buttressed turrets with stone spired, open lancet arcaded, caps. Shallow narthex, doorway porch with multi shafted orders and applied gable against blind arcade with quatrefoils above; the recessed plane with 3 centred arch contains trefoiled rose window above lancet arcade. Pearson's south-west tower and its intended spire, was hardly begun and the existing unsympathetic square plain tower with hump back roof was completed 1938 by E F Reynolds. The interior is of course the major feature of interest although the nave lacks length for the soaring elevations and there is a cramping of proportions and space in relation to height. Very narrow pointed arches to ambulatory arcading and broader but still steep ones to the nave returned into transepts, the north are longer than the south. Shafting to piers and shapely, richly moulded arcade arches. The principal shafts carried the ribs of stone vaulting used throughout, particularly fine in chancel. Triforium gallery passage with trefoil balustrade. Very tall fine 2 light clerestory windows. The northern is quite deeply expressed internally with a canted 3 bay arcade allowing shallow baptistry, and with gallery above but uncomfortably at lower level to triforium. It is this feature which adds to the awkward shortness of the nave, otherwise the elevational treatment is totally and convincingly consistent. The south chapel window has freestanding shafts to very narrow lights. Light open scroll work iron screen to chancel. Polychrome rood. The altar piece in the south chapel is a painted triptych in copper panels, good Birmingham Arts and Crafts work, by Kate and Myra Bunce, 1919. Stained glass in east window by Henry Payne, otherwise clear or tinted leaded glass. Despite the weaknesses of the design the quality of the interior finishes, the use of brick and stone, undoubtedly a formative influence in the young Bidlake.

Listing NGR: SP0766485337

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