St Aidan

Small Heath

now All Saints' Church

All Saints Church, Herbert Road south-east view - image by John Salmon on Wikipedia
All Saints Church, Herbert Road south-east view - image by John Salmon on Wikipedia

 

St Aidan's, Small Heath first opened in Herbert Road as an iron church, a mission of All Saints', Small Heath in 1891. A permanent church designed by F T Proud and built of brick in Perpendicular style had a chancel, two so-called 'guild chapels', a nave and aisles. An ancient font was brought from St Stephen's, Bristol. The church opened in 1894 and was consecrated in 1896.

 

A parish was assigned out of All Saints' in 1897 (of which part was transferred back again in 1907). In 1946 the parish, together with those of All Saints, Small Heath, St Gregory, Small Heath, and St Oswald, Small Heath, was declared part of an ecclesiastical reorganization area.

 

All Saints' church was destroyed by German bombs during the Second World War and in 1949 the benefice was united to that of St Aidan. In 1992 the parishes of St Aidan, St Gregory and St Oswald were amalgamated. By 2001 St Gregory's and St Oswald's churches had been closed and the buildings sold. St Aidan's was subsequently renamed All Saints and became the parish church of Small Heath. 

 

Considerable alterations were made to the building, including moving the interior round by 180 degrees so that the congregation faces geographical west rather than east. This was to allow the construction of a new east entrance on Herbert Road. A hall was built above above the new entrance the former chancel arch was enclosed in glass. New rooms for vestry and storage space were made and the roof and brickwork were renovated. The former vicarage was converted into meeting rooms and a new vicarage built where the church had stood. 

 

Looking towards the chancel - image by John Salmon on Geograph
Looking towards the chancel - image by John Salmon on Geograph

Weblinks

This is a Grade II listed building whose record can be found on the

 

Historic England website - https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1343050.

 

Find the church website at - http://www.allsaintsonline.co.uk/index.php.

 

For more images of the church by John Salmon on Geograph, go to - http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=81679846.

 

 

William Dargue 19.02.2018