St Lawrence, Dartmouth Street


St Laurence' church was built to serve a district of dense back-to-back housing interspersed with heavy industry. It closed when the area was demolished after the Second World War.


St Laurence' church viewed from Dartmouth Street
St Laurence' church viewed from Dartmouth Street
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This church appears on the 1890 Ordnance Survey map which can be viewed at British History Online -


St Laurence' church, designed by J A Chatwin, was built of red brick with stone facings in Gothic style. It consisted of a chancel, nave, aisles and tower, was built with a grant of £10 000 made by the philanthropist, Louisa Ann Ryland in 1867. It was consecrated the following year, when a parish was assigned out of that of St Matthew's. The building was altered in 1894 and 1895. In 1951 as the housing in the district was demolished and the area zoned for industry, the church closed in 1951 and the benefice united with that of St Matthew's.


All the images on this page are courtesy of Philip Charlton of the Birmingham Forum, to whom my thanks. See -


William Dargue 30.05.2016