Nechells

St Clement

Demolished

Thanks to Olwyn Powell for this photograph taken in the 1970s.
Thanks to Olwyn Powell for this photograph taken in the 1970s.
Ordnance Survey map 1884-1891 from British History Online - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/os-1-to-2500/birmingham/014/02
Ordnance Survey map 1884-1891 from British History Online - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/os-1-to-2500/birmingham/014/02

 

 

This plan of the east end of the church by J A Chatwin showing the children's galleries appears on the Church Plans Online website

 

 

St Clement's church was consecrated in 1859. Standing on the corner of Nechells Park Road and Stuart Street it was a small cruciform building of brick and stone designed by the prolific Birmingham architect, J A Chatwin in Gothic style. There was a chancel and nave, aisles, transepts, and a turret at the south-east angle of the nave. Its parish was assigned out of that of St Matthew's, Duddeston in 1860.

 

By the 1970s almost every building in the district had been demolished and the area was beginning to be rebuilt. The church congregation dropped dramatically and the decision was taken in 1977 to close the church and demolish the building. Strangely, the church hall survived, although there are currently plans to demolish it. 

 

St Clement's Mission Hall still stands, used by Birmingham Victory Unity Centre. Image: Wikipedia
St Clement's Mission Hall still stands, used by Birmingham Victory Unity Centre. Image: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

The War Memorial of St Clement's church now stands at the corner of Nechells Park Road and Stuarts Road in the grounds of the James Memorial Homes.

 

Image from the War Memorials Online website - www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk.

William Dargue 30.05.2016