St Mary’s, Acocks Green – Now Stat Listed Grade II

October 3rd, 2009

Just picked up a bit of news yesterday. There is nothing about this on the Birmingham statutorily listed buildings list yet, but we have it on good authority, from Birmingham Victorian Society, and the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Acocks Green, Andrew Bullock, that St Mary’s is now Statutorily Listed – Grade II. If both the VicSoc and the Vic say that we are inclined to think it must be true! Previously St Mary’s had no listing at all. It seems the listing was applied for because St Mary’s needs rennovation funds, and a listing helps with grants. St Mary’s is a fine Victorian Church, by a Birmingham architect, J. G. Bland, 1867. It was sadly damaged by fire during World War II, loosing it’s roof. It retains however, a reredos (alter piece and support by a Bridgeman’s of Lichfield, a well known church stone masons of the time. Most important, though is the Burne Jones window, added in 1895, by local subscription. Acocks Green is the ONLY Birmingham suburb to have such a window, designed by this world famous painter and stained glass designer, for the Wiliam Morris Company. Burne Jones was born in Birmingham. (The only other example of Burne-Jones stained glass work in Birmingham is in St Philip’s Cathedral in the city centre.) Apparently the Burne Jones window was quite a deciding factor in the listing. Here is is.

Burne-Jones Window (William Morris & Co), 1895 St Mary the Virgin, Acocks Green.  Image by Mike Byrne, reproduced from the Acocks Green History Society Website.

Burne-Jones Window (William Morris & Co), 1895 St Mary the Virgin, Acocks Green. Image by Mike Byrne, reproduced from the Acocks Green History Society Website.

You can read more about St Mary the Virgin at the Acocks Green History Society web pages here.

We now have the listing details for St Mary’s which you can read, or download if you wish, here

2 Responses to “St Mary’s, Acocks Green – Now Stat Listed Grade II”

  1. Ted Tann-Watson says:

    This is great news, especially for my family. My Great Great Grandfather, John Watson, was involved in the committee organising the building of the Church, and his brother, Joseph, was Churchwarden for several years (there is a plaque commemorating this at the west end of the Church, on the south wall). I have a copy of the Book of Common Prayer presented to Gt Gt Grandfather by Rev Gwyther in appreciation of his work, and suitably inscribed. Both John and Joseph, and several other members of the family, lie in the Churchyard.

    I have sent a history of the family in the Village to the History Society, and would be more than happy to forward a copy to the Focus Group if so desired.

    • Julia says:

      Hi Ted

      This sounds fascinating. I am certain that Acocks Green History Society will be delighted to receive this and to make contact with you. We would certainly also be interested in seeing a copy of the history if you would like to send one to us. I will contact you separately about this.

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