St George's Church, Edgbaston

Coordinates: 52°28′05″N 01°55′21″W / 52.46806°N 1.92250°W / 52.46806; -1.92250

St. George's Church, Edgbaston, is a parish church in the Church of England in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

St. George's Church, Edgbaston
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DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipLiberal Catholic
Websitewww.stgeorgesedgbaston.org.uk
History
DedicationSt. George
Administration
ParishEdgbaston
DioceseBirmingham
ProvinceCanterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s)Fr. Sam Gibson
Laity
Organist/Director of musicPhil Ypres-Smith

HistoryEdit

It was built in 1836–38 as a chapel-of-ease to St. Bartholomew's Church, Edgbaston.

The original building consisted of a nave and two aisles, with galleries. The architect was J.J. Scoles.[1]

In 1856 the church was enlarged with the addition of a chancel, to a design by the architect Charles Edge.

The building was transformed in 1884-5 by the addition of the existing spacious and lofty nave, chancel and south aisle by the leading Birmingham architect J. A. Chatwin. The old nave became the north aisle, and the old chancel the Lady Chapel.

FittingsEdit

The interior has fine woodwork by Bridgeman of Lichfield to the design of J. A. Chatwin or P. B. Chatwin. This includes

  • Clergy and choir stalls and parclose screen (1885)
  • Organ case (1890)
  • Reredos (1903)
  • Lady Chapel screen (1906);

Stained glassEdit

There is late Victorian stained glass: by Burlison and Grylls, Heaton, Butler and Bayne, Hardman & Co. of Birmingham and most particularly a Jesse tree in the Lady Chapel by Charles Eamer Kempe.

List of vicarsEdit

George Browning MC

  • Arthur Lewis Burrell
  • Donald John Walter Bradley 1971-1984
  • Robert William Grimley 1984–1997
  • Simon Thorburn 1997–2009
  • Julian Francis 2011-2019
  • Samuel Gibson 2020-

OrganEdit

The organ was built by Brindley & Foster in 1890[2] and is now defunct. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organistsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Warwickshire. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ "St George's Church, Edgbaston. Dedication of the New Organ". Birmingham Daily Post. British Newspaper Archive. 14 July 1890. Retrieved 27 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ Thornsby, Frederick W., ed. (1912) Dictionary of Organs and Organists. Bournemouth: Logan
  4. ^ Thornsby, Frederick W., ed. (1921) Dictionary of Organs and Organists; 2nd ed. London: G. A. Mate