yardley wood church

The Victorian, March 2012, reports that Christ Church in School Road, Yardley Wood was recently Grade II listed. A moulded red sandstone building with slate roofs and a broach spire on a slender square tower, it was designed in the Early English style by A.E. Perkins.

It is said that the stone used in the construction came from an old manor house in Bromsgrove, and was transported by local farmers by horse and cart. The Church was built in a traditional English style in the shape of a cross.

yardley wood church interiorThe interior of the church, taken some time between 1896 and 1910

An old church magazine article states that the church was ‘without colour or ornament’ at the time of the consecration, and stained glass windows, heating, lighting, vestments and vessels were all offered as gifts. The 17th-century carving in the chancel depicting cherubs, fruit and flowers was brought from St Bartholomew’s Church in Masshouse Lane which was demolished as a result of German bomb damage in 1943.

Local landowner, Squire John Taylor, laid the first stone of Christ Church on April 14th 1848. He and his sister Sarah, who lived in Moseley, enabled the building of the church,which cost £1550.

Read more on the websites of the church and the National Monuments Record.