St Faith & St Laurence

Photograph by Oosoom on Wikipedia
Photograph by Oosoom on Wikipedia


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/1393384.


The church's own website has a history of the church - http://www.saintfaithandsaintlaurence.co.uk/page5.html



St Faith & St Laurence originated as an iron mission known as St Faith's in Balden Road which was licensed as a mission of St Peter's, Harborne from 1906. Nearby in the parish of Quinton a mission was opened dedicated to St Laurence.


Prompted by extensive house building in the area before the Second World War, it was decided in 1933 to amalgamate the work of the two missions and a parish was assigned out of those of St Peter's, Harborne and Christ Church, Quinton in 1933. 


A new brick-built church designed by Philip B Chatwin in a simple Romanesque style was consecrated in 1937, built on land given by Lady Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. The work was interrupted by the War and the building was not completed until 1956 with the Lady Chapel and vestries being added in 1960. The church has narrow round-headed windows and comprises a nave, aisles and low southwest tower with pyramidal roof.


The church has many stained glass windows many by Hardman's dating from the 1960s and 70s.


The ring of eight bells here was rescued from All Saints, Hockley just before its demolition in 1973. There is also a single bell cast from the metal of the bells of the original missions. 


Images below are from the church's Facebook page:



William Dargue 04.02.2018