St Nicolas' Church, Kings Norton - Culture, history and faith

St Nicolas' Church is the parish church of Kings Norton. A church has been on this site since the 11th Century, although this one dates from the 13th to 19th Centuries.


Where is St Nicolas' Church?

St Nicolas' Church is at 81 The Green, King's Norton, Birmingham B38 8RU. Also near Pershore Road South and Churchyard Lane.

 

In brief

An Anglican parish church at the heart of Kings Norton Village. It's not too far from St Nicolas Place which includes the Saracens Head and The Old Grammar School.

St Nicolas' Church Kings NortonSpire of St Nicolas' Church, Kings Norton. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

St Nicolas' Church - history

There has been a church on this site in the village of Kings Norton since the 11th Century, although most of what you see today dates from the 13th Century and in later centuries. A church was first recorded of being on this site in 1213. The spire was built between 1446 and 1475. The Norman building was demolished in the 14th Century when a new nave, both aisles and the chancel arch were constructed. By the 17th Century, almost the whole of the south aisle was rebuilt. The nave from the 15th century was replaced by a much steeper version. A parish was assigned to the church in 1846.

Restoration of the church during the 19th century was undetaken by Ewan Christian in 1863 and by W. J. Hopkins in 1871.

Kings Norton 1911Painting of Kings Norton in 1911. Now in the collection of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and seen at the Birmingham History Galleries in 2012. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

St Nicholas' Church has been a Grade I listed building since 1952.

 

Thomas the Tank Engine and the Reverend W. V. Awdry

The author of the Thomas the Tank Engine children books (including The Railway Series) the Reverend W. V. Awdry was a curate at St Nicolas' Church from 1940 until 1946.

St Nicolas' Church Kings NortonSt Nicolas' Church, Kings Norton. Photography by Pat Taylor

 

At the nearby Kings Norton Station, there is a mural on the inside of the footbridge.

Thomas the Tank EngineThomas the Tank EngineMural at Kings Norton Station (January 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Weddings at St Nicolas' Church

The Church of St Nicolas is the perfect venue in Kings Norton for a white wedding. With those classic looking wedding cars parked out at The Green.

St Nicolas' Church Kings Norton

St Nicolas' Church Kings Norton

St Nicolas' Church Kings NortonWedding cars at St Nicolas' Church, Kings Norton (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contact details

St Nicolas' Church

81 The Green

King's Norton

Birmingham

B38 8RU

0121 458 3289

Project dates

02 Jun 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture
Faith

Contact

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Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com