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St Thomas’ Church, Bath Row, Birmingham is a former Church of England parish church in Birmingham.

St Thomas’ Church, Bath Row, Birmingham
St. thomas church brum.jpg
St Thomas’ Church, Bath Row ca. 1880
Coordinates: 52°28′24″N 1°54′54.22″W / 52.47333°N 1.9150611°W / 52.47333; -1.9150611
LocationBirmingham
CountryEngland
DenominationChurch of England
History
DedicationSt Thomas
Consecrated22 October 1829
Architecture
Architect(s)Thomas Rickman
StyleNeo classical
Groundbreaking22 October 1826
Completed1829
Demolished1940 (partial)
Specifications
Capacity800 people

HistoryEdit

It was built as a Commissioners' church. The foundation stone of the church was laid by Folliott Cornewall, Bishop of Worcester on 22 October 1826 and the church was built to designs of the architect Thomas Rickman and consecrated by Cornewall on 29 October 1829.[1]

Part of the parish was taken to form the parish of St Asaph's when this was consecrated in 1868.

It was restored in 1893[2] under the supervision of the architect Frank Barlow Osborn when the old high-back pews and pew platforms were removed, the church was cleaned and renovated, and the organ restored by Walter James Bird of Birmingham, all at a cost of £1,200.

On the night of 11 December 1940, during World War II, all but the tower and classical west portico was destroyed by German bombs. The parish was united with Immanuel Church, which had closed in 1939, and Immanuel Church was reopened.

The remaining portico and tower have been preserved and are now part of St. Thomas' Peace Garden.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "On Thursday night..." Staffordshire Advertiser. Stafford. 31 October 1829. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Renovation of St Thomas' Church". Birmingham Daily Post. Birmingham. 7 September 1893. Retrieved 8 March 2015.