St Mary, Handsworth

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St Mary's is part of the Handsworth Group.

It is the ancient parish church of Handsworth. The first stone church was built in about 1160; it was small, occupying about half of the present south aisle with a tower at its east end (the lower stages of the tower stand today). The church was enlarged in the 14th century, in 1820 and 1876.
There are significant memorials to Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdock (who are all buried here). A fine "chapel", built by Thomas Rickman, houses a splendid statue of James Watt. Canon Tompkins (rector from 1955-92) has written a brief history and guide; copies available from the rector (see contact details).

The church is opened to visitor by arrangement.

Handsworth continues to welcome people of different faiths, and it is not unusual for us be ocasionally welcoming individuals from those faiths to our worship.

The worship aims to be dignified but inclusive and is of a moderate catholic flavour. We use CW Orders One and Two.

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The Revd Dr Robert STephen
Handsworth Rectory
288 Hamstead Road
Birmingham B20 2RB
(0121) 554 3407 (Rector) or 07957 312 892

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Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Order Two
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
The Parish Eucharist
Every first second third and fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee
All Age Eucharist
CW Order 1
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee



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Incumbent: The Revd Robert STEPHEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7180
Built: 1160 (last enlarged 1876)
Architect: ChatwinJA/Rickman
Archdeaconry: BIRMINGHAM (521)
Deanery: HANDSWORTH (52103)
Benefice: Handsworth St Mary (02/075 J)
Parish Legal Name: HANDSWORTH (520034 2/34)
CofE Church Info: (602034 2/34)
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The current editor is: Robert Stephen

This page was last updated on Tuesday 7th April 2015
St Mary , Hamstead Road B20 2RW(by Handsworth Park), Handsworth, West Midlands, B20 2RW

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