Sutton Coldfield

St Blaise

A free chapel dedicated to St Blaise is known to have been in existence in 1328. Built in the grounds of the Manor House on Manor Hill, it catered for the Earls of Warwick and their retainers when hunting on Sutton Chase. Sutton Chase was given by Henry I to the Norman Earls of Warwick; in 1126 a deer park was made in the Chase, in what later became Sutton Park. The manor house and chapel may date from this time. 

 

In 1441 John Harman was appointed chaplain by Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick. In 1495 Henry VII appointed John Harman, later Bishop Vesey, perhaps a nephew of the earlier John, to be chaplain for life. In 1519 the king presented Hugh Pole and in 1530 Richard Manchester. The stipend of the chaplain, from time out of mind and at least up to 1536, was 33s. 4d. 

 

The Chapel of St Blaise, the earliest place of worship in Sutton closed when the parish church was built, but the building lasted until the 16th century. In 1860 it was reported that the foundations of the chapel were discovered when the present house was built and that fragments of medieval encaustic tiles had been unearthed. 

 

The site of the medieval manor house and chapel is shown on this Ordnance Survey map of 1905
The site of the medieval manor house and chapel is shown on this Ordnance Survey map of 1905