The Building of St Paul’s Church, Birmingham in the 1770s


My thanks are due to David Temperley, who kindly pointed me in the direction of the Minute Book, and to Fiona Tait, the archivist who found it; to staff at Birmingham Archives and Heritage for their help with manuscripts; to Margaret Richards and Jacqui Townsend, collaborators at St Paul’s church, for their advice and encouragement.


BAH Birmingham Archives and Heritage 1. William Hutton   An History of Birmingham Pearson and Rollason 1783. Reprinted by EP Publishing 1976. 2. M. Swinney  The New Birmingham Directory and Gentleman and Tradesman’s Compleat Memorandum Book . M.Swinney 1774. 3. Act of Parliament 7 Anne,c13 (private act) 1708 4. Joseph McKenna   Birmingham The Building of a City Tempus 2005. 5.Paul Leslie Line Birmingham A History in Maps p11 The History Press 2009 6. Carl Chinn 2008 7. Paul Leslie Line ibid pp 42,43 8. BAH MS 28/575327 9. Paul Lesley Line ibid pp 41-45 10. BAH 286011 The Town Book of St Martin’s and St Philip’s. Minutes levies and other memoranda with information relating to Birmingham generally. 5 vols. 1723-1912. 11. BAH MS 1101  Minute Book 1771. Proceedings and Resolutions of the Inhabitants of the Town of Birmingham for building one or two chapels in the said Town. 12. BAH MS 3069/ 372721 Henry Kempson Memorandums relative to St Paul’s Chapel. 13. Robert K.Dent Old and New Birmingham A History of the Town and its People Houghton and Hammond Birmingham 1880 14. J A Langford A Century of Birmingham Life Birmingham More & Co 1870. 15. Conrad Gill History of Birmingham Vol1. Birmingham City Council/Oxford University Press 1952. 16 K Quickenden The Planning of Boulton and Fothergill’s Silver Business Silver and Jewellery Production and Consumption since 1750. p25. The Article Press 1995. 17. Act of Parliament 9 Geo111, c.83 1769 18. James Campbell Grant St Peter’s Church Martley – a history J.C.Grant 2000. 19. BAH MS 58/48 20. BAH 17592 An Act for the Building of Two New Chapels etc 12 Geo111, c.64 1772. 21. Survey of Birmingham for the Earl of Plymouth 1825- Courtesy of A Sandilands. 22. J T Bunce History of the Birmingham General Hospital and the musical festivals. Birmingham Cornish Bros. 1873. 23. Sheena Mason (ed) Matthew Boulton Selling what all the world desires p191   Birmingham City Council/ Yale University Press 2009. 24. Certificates of assignment of a pew:- a) BAH DRO 35/156   1791 for Mr Wm Waight. b) BAH MS 1285/2/12   1798 for Mr John Matchett. 25. Paul Leslie Line ibid p57. 26. BAH MS 3069/270060  December 23rd 1778. 27. L.D.Ettlinger & R.G.Holloway St Paul’s Birmingham- midland planning in the eighteenth century The Architectural Review 1947 pp226-28. 28 BAH MS 3033/436293   August 1st 1777. 29. BAH BDR/D1/37/1 1779. 30. St Paul’s church archives. Nadfas Church Record. 2003. 31. C. Pickford 32. BAH MS 3069/270062   June 2nd 1779. 33. BAH MS 3069/270063   July 28th 1779 34. P Barnsley Two old Cradely mills 35. BAH MS 3033/252645 1816 36. The Birmingham,Wolverhampton,Walsall,Dudley,Bilston,and Willenhall Directory of Merchant and Tradesman Useful Companion Printed and sold by Pearson and Rollason 1781. 37. St Paul’s church archives Birmingham Post Cutting June 1979 38. BAH BDR/D1/37/5. 39. BAH 17694 51Geo.,c68   1811. 40. BAH MS 3375/406612 November 22nd 1826. 41. BAH MS 1280/17 December 1st 1826. 42. BAH MS 1280/27 May 20th 1861 43. BAH DRO35/76 1821 44. Incorporated Church Building Society ICBS 01542 Folios 29ff, Lambeth Palace Library.   1832-34. John Sawkill © 2010

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