Open Day at St Mary’s Handsworth
St Mary’s Church, Handsworth is a grade II listed and although largely reconstructed in 1820 and again in 1870, the first stone church on this site was erected around 1160. A few surviving Norman features can still be seen at the lower part of the sandstone tower. The church has interesting monuments and tombs and stained-glass windows.
St Mary’s Church is often referred to as the Cathedral of the Industrial Revolution because James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch were buried here. They were key players in Birmingham’s industrial development and members of the Lunar Society. A separate chapel holds a large white marble statue of James Watt, while Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch are commemorated in mural monuments. You might be familiar with the statue of James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch; they are the three figures in the ‘Golden Boys Statue’ on Centenary Square.
Just drop in on the day and guides will be available to answer your questions and show you the church. Tea, coffee and refreshments available to buy.
Organised by St Mary’s Church Handsworth
Photo credit: Chris Rice
Date & Time
Sat 16 Sept | 10am–4pm
St Mary’s Parish Church, Hamstead Road, Handsworth, B20 2RW
Booking not required
St Mary’s Church has step free access and is fully wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet available