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St Barnabas' Church, Erdington

St. Barnabas' Church, Erdington
St. Barnabas' Church, Erdington after rebuilding
St. Barnabas' Church, Erdington after rebuilding
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. Barnabas
Parish Erdington
Diocese Birmingham
Province Canterbury
Rector Revd Freda Evans

St. Barnabas' Church is the parish church of Erdington, in the north of Birmingham, England.


It is located on the High Street, in the main shopping centre area of Erdington, and is a Grade II listed building.[1] The vicar is the Reverend Freda Evans, inducted on June 19, 2008.[2]


The church was built as a chapel of ease between 1822-23 to a design by Thomas Rickman.[3][4] The church was famous for its sixteen stained glass windows depicting scenes of the life of Jesus and stories from the scriptures, including the Raising of Lazarus, The Resurrection, The Good Samaritan and St Paul and St Barnabas,[5] which were also designed by Thomas Rickman.[6] It was consecrated on July 23, 1824.[7] The church was built by the Commissioners at a cost of £5,000, (£390,000 in 2016),[8] £1,000 of which was collected through public donations.[9] In 1858, a district chapelry was assigned to the church.[10]

In 1908 the parish founded a Mission Room in Stockland Green which in 1920 was dedicated to St Mark. In a new church was built called St Mark's Church, Stockland Green and a parish assigned out of All Saints' Church, Gravelly Hill.


File:Erdington church after fire - 2007-10-05.jpg
St. Barnabas' Church, the day following the fire

On the morning of 4 October 2007, the building was severely damaged by fire. West Midlands Fire Service were called to a fire at the church at 6am. Approximately 75 firefighters and 15 engines attended the fire.[11] The roof and all but one of the stained glass windows were completely destroyed, though the clock and bell tower and walls remain intact.[12] The Rt Revd. David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, stated he was determined to rebuild the church.[13] It is believed that the fire was caused by arsonists.[5]

Tower Bells

St Barnabas has a ring of eight bells.


Rebuilding of the church started in January 2011 and completed in 2012. The building work was undertaken by Linfords who also performed the cleanup of the fire damage in late 2007 and early 2008.The building was re-dedicated in December 2012 by the Bishop of Birmingham.


The churchyard contains scattered war graves of 66 service personnel, 29 of World War I and 37 of World War II. A Screen Wall memorial lists those buried in graves in the old ground which could not be individually marked.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (217292)". Images of England. 
  2. ^ "Erdington Team Ministry". 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  3. ^ John Betjeman (1959). An American's Guide to English Parish Churches. McDowell, Obolensky. 
  4. ^ A. W. Skempton; Institution of Civil Engineers Staff (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland. Thomas Telford. 
  5. ^ a b "Arson suspected as blaze wrecks church".Birmingham Post. 5 October 2007
  6. ^ News story in Birmingham Mail, 4 October 2007
  7. ^ Walter Powell; Herbert Maurice Cashmore (1918). A Catalogue of the Birmingham Collection. Cornish Brothers Ltd. 
  8. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2015), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  9. ^ Francis White (1850). History, gazetteer, and directory, of Warwickshire. F. White. 
  10. ^ London Gazette (1860). Bulletins and Other State Intelligence. 
  11. ^ Erdington Team Ministry: Saint Barnabas
  12. ^ BBC News story about fire
  13. ^ Birmingham Mail on-line news and video footage
  14. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

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