St John the Baptist

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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, Harborne (St. John's Rd.), consecrated in 1858, was a brick building in the Early English style comprising chancel, nave, aisles and a tower with spire. The architect was Y. Thomason. A parish was assigned out of St. Peter's, Harborne, in 1859, and enlarged by part of St. Augustine's, Edgbaston, in 1906. The living was a perpetual curacy until 1868 when it became a vicarage; it was in the gift of the Vicar of St. Peter's for the first turn only, and then of the Revd. Thomas Smith (the incumbent). The executors of Thomas Smith were said to be the patrons in 1894, and the Church Association Trust in 1912. The Church Society Trust held the patronage in 1960.


A Toc H in Wentworth Park Avenue was licensed for public worship from 1929 to 1930 (fn. 54) and Moor Pool Hall from 1959. St. John's church itself was destroyed by enemy action in 1941. In 1960 a new church was consecrated on the site of the church hall (formerly the church school) in High Street. It is a brick building designed by E. M. Marriner in a simple mid-20th-century style. Internally the nave and chancel are undivided and there are shallow transepts and a gallery. A new church hall stands to the west.