Kidderminster

 

Kidderminster Churches Page

Anglican: St Mary and All Saints


The Parish Church of Kidderminster, situated on the town centre ring road that separates it from historic Church Street (see old postcard below). Built of dark red sandstone in the 15th and 16th centuries, in the Perpendicular style, the scale of this fine church reflects the prosperity of the local cloth trade at that time and of Kidderminster carpet manufacturing in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  There is a good collection of 19th and 20th century stained glass. St Mary's features in Betjeman's Best British Churches (2011).  Open to visitors most days during the summer months, for details see website information below.
http://www.worcesteranddudleyhistoricchurches.org.uk/uploads/images/Kidderminster/st%20mary%5C%27s%20and%20war%20memorial.jpg           http://www.worcesteranddudleyhistoricchurches.org.uk/uploads/images/Kidderminster_St_Mary/st%20mary%5C%27s%20interior.jpg

 St Mary's Church,  Exterior pre 1968.                                          Interior, undated postcard.

KM St Mary Ext July 2014          KM St Mary Int July 2014

                                                                        St Mary's Church, July 2014.

For other recent (2014) pictures Please Click Here.         (www.flickr.com/tudorbarlow)

References and some further sources:
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive Worcester, Parish Papers: Kidderminster St Mary and All Saints, Ref. 850

Full details of these books are on the Bibliography Page.

Websites:          British History Online:  Entry for Kidderminster.
                           Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                           English Heritage List for England:  Please Click Here.
                           Parish Website.
                           Churches Together in Kidderminster.  Gives opening times. (Ref July 2014)
                           A Church Near You.
                           Family History Website.


Anglican: St Oswald, Broadwaters


Situated in the attractive Broadwaters Park. This 1971 building was originally the church hall.  The church built in 1964 had to be demolished due to subsidence in the 1980's and the hall has served as the church since then. Regular services on a Sunday and much used as a community space during the week.

Broadwaters C of E June 2008

St Oswald's Church, June 2008.

References:
Bridges, Tim.  Churches of Worcestershire,  2005.
Brooks, Alan and Nikolaus Pevsner.  Buildings of England:  Worcestershire,  2007.

Full details of these books are on the Bibliography Page.

Websites:          Broadwater Churches Website.
                           Churches Together in Kidderminster.
                           A Church Near You.
                           Family History Website.

Other churches in this parish are at Arley, Franche and Trimpley.

Former Anglican (now Salvation Army) : St James, Jerusalem Walk.


Built in 1872 as a chapel-of-ease for St Mary's. Used by the Salvation Army since closure in 1977.

KM SA Sept 2010

Salvation Army Citadel,  September 2010.

References:
Bridges, Tim.  Churches of Worcestershire,  2005.
Brooks, Alan and NIkolaus Pevsner.  Buildings of England:  Worcestershire,  2007.

Full details of these books are on the Bibliography Page. 

 Websites:          History in PDF.
                            Salvation Army Website.
                            Churches Together in Kidderminster.
                            Family History Website.

 

Other Kidderminster Churches:


Anglican: 

St Barnabas - see under Franche.
Holy Innocents - see St John the Baptist
St Cecilia, Hoo Brook - see St George
St Chad, Comberton - see St George
St George
St John the Baptist
St Peter, Birchen Coppice - see St John the Baptist
St John, Habberley - see St John the Baptist 


Roman Catholic:
St Ambrose
Our Lady and St Pius - see St Ambrose
Our Lady of Ostra Brama - see St Ambrose

Non Conformist:
Baptist
Methodist
Unitarian
United Reformed Church (formerly Baxter Congregational Church)
Kidderminster Independent Churches.

Please click on red text for a link.  External websites will open in a new window.                     Page updated July 2014.