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HistoryEdit

The church was built in 1863 to designs of the architect James Murray. It was consecrated by Henry Philpott, Bishop of Worcester, on Thursday 10 December 1863.[2] In 1864, a parish was formed out of the parishes of St. Peter and St. Paul, Aston, St Silas’ Church, Lozells, and St Matthew's Church, Duddeston.

The church opened a school for Girls and Infants in 1868.[3]

The tower was added in 1882.

The church is noted for having a rugby club which played a match against a team from Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth. For the team from Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel, this was their first match as Aston Villa Football Club. As a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under rugby football rules and the second half under association football rules.[4]

The church was demolished in the 1970s.

OrganEdit

The church was equipped with a two manual pipe organ by Norman and Beard. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[5] but is no longer present.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Buildings of England. Warwickshire. Nikolaus Pevsner. Penguin Books. ISBN 0140710310 p.149
  2. ^ "St Mary's Church, Aston Brook". Birmingham Daily Post. Birmingham. 11 December 1863.
  3. ^ "Opening of St Mary's New School, Aston Brook". Birmingham Journal. Birmingham. 18 April 1868.
  4. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy. The essential history of Aston Villa. Headline book publishing (2002). ISBN 0-7553-1140-X.
  5. ^ "NPOR D02625". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 25 February 2015.