Smethwick Old Church is the eleventh stop on the Smethwick Heritage Trail. Built in the classical style in brick with stone dressing, it is the oldest surviving building in Smethwick.
Smethwick Old Church was consecrated in 1732 as a Chapel of Ease in the parish of St Peter, Harborne, after Dorothy Parkes, a wealthy spinster, left money in the hands of trustees to build a chapel, vicarage and charity school. It became a district chapelry in 1842 and was designated the Parish of Smethwick in 1892. The church has no dedication. It was originally known as Parkes's Chapel or Smethwick Chapel. When Holy Trinity church was built in 1837, Old Church became known as the Old Chapel or Smethwick Old Church. The name, Old Chapel, is shared with the public house to the north of the churchyard.
The church interior has several fine memorial stones including one to Dorothy Parkes. Two of the stained glass windows were designed and created by the Camm family, who had their studios in Smethwick and are buried in the Churchyard. Old Church is a Grade II* Listed Building.
GPS Coordinates: 52.4869, -1.97246
- Added: 30 Jul 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2459666
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