Pype Hayes

St Mary

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St Mary the Virgin, Pype Hayes is a large red-brick building designed by E F Reynolds in a simple Romanesque style with round-headed windows and a narrow, open-sided turret. Reynolds was the Deputy Director of the Birmingham School of Architecture. In Pevsner's 'Architectural Guide: Birmingham' 2005 Andy Foster describes the church as Reynolds' 'masterpiece and arguably the finest [building] of its time in Birmingham'. 


Paid for by sale of the site of St Mary's in Whittall Street in the Gun Quarter which had been closed in 1925, St Mary the Virgin was consecrated in 1930 and a parish assigned out of St. Barnabas', Erdington. The 18th-century communion plate came from St. Mary's, Whittall Street. The district of Pype Hayes was being built up with housing at the time. 


This church is built in red brick with round tile arches and sandstone dressings and has a seven-bay nave with passage aisles and a clerestory; the roof is covered with Roman tiles. The east end is cruciform with a chancel and chapels in the transepts. Attached to the church's north side by a cloister is the church hall which is used for services as the church itself has no heating.


Click to enlarge the images below which are from the church's website.



This is a Grade II listed building whose record can be found on the

Historic England website -



William Dargue 28.05.2016