Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Tile Cross

Our Lady Help of Christians is a Grade II* listed[1][2] catholic church in Tile Cross, Birmingham. Built in 1966–67 and designed by Richard Gilbert Scott of Giles Scott, Son and Partner. The church is active with Sunday mass at 09:30 and 17:00. The nearby Our Lady's Catholic Primary School is associated with the church.

Church of Our Lady Help of Christians
52°28′50.08″N 1°46′16.28″W / 52.4805778°N 1.7711889°W / 52.4805778; -1.7711889
LocationEast Medway, Tile Cross, Birmingham
DenominationRoman Catholic
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Architect(s)Richard Gilbert Scott
DioceseArchdiocese of Birmingham
DeaneryBirmingham East
Priest(s)Father Anthony Pham-Tri-Van
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated18 February 1999
Reference no.1245546



The church was designed by Richard Gilbert Scott, son of renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott. It has a subtly polygonal T-shaped plan which allows a forward altar surrounded by the congregation. Above the altar the roof is partly formed by extraordinary curved serrated ribbed trusses of reinforced concrete, faced externally with copper cladding. Inside the stained glass is by John Chrestien.

The church demonstrates many of the ideas enshrined in De Sacra Liturgia of 1963 and the Catholic Church's pronouncements on forward altars and centralised planning made in 1964, but it is no mere auditorium of worship; every element is carefully conceived, demonstrating and integration of architecture, engineering and stained glass art.

The building featured in the book, 100 Buildings, 100 Years, published by the Twentieth Century Society in 2014.[3]



The church has a Rowntree & Brennan II Box Organ dating from 1975. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of Our Lady Help of Christians (Grade II) (1245546)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Birmingham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ Stamp, Gavin (2014). "966: Our Lady Help of Christians, Tile Cross, Birmingham". Twentieth Century Society. Twentieth Century Society. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ "NPOR [N07384 ]". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 26 March 2015.