Bordesley Green

St Paul

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St Paul's church in Finnemore Road opened in 1912 as a chapel of St Margaret's Ward End. It was built as part of the Ideal Village, a housing project of the Ideal Benefit Society with houses built at a lower density than contemporary estates and with shops, a park and a school.

 

The chapel was a simple red-brick building, with a bellcote with square windows and dormers. A parish was assigned out of St Margaret's in 1928 and it was consecrated as a parish church in its own right in 1929.

 

In 1968, a much larger church was built on Belchers Lane behind the chapel designed by Birmingham architect John P Osborne. The building has a low pitch copper roof and is designed as a trapezoid tapering symmetrically from west to east. There is a slender copper-covered spire. The stained glass is by Margaret Trehearne.

 

In 1993 the old chapel was converted into a a children’s nursery and in 1999 the church was reordered as a multi-purpose building for worship and as a conference centre with seven variously-sized meeting rooms. 

 

St Paul's church photographed P L Chadwick on Geograph - image reusable under a Creative Commons licence.
St Paul's church photographed P L Chadwick on Geograph - image reusable under a Creative Commons licence.

William Dargue 13.09.2017