Smethwick St Chad
St Chad's ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1902 from part of Smethwick Old Church. The church, on the corner of Shireland Road and Edith Road was consecrated in 1901.
A transcription of the Monumental Inscriptions of St Chad is included in the transcript of eleven Smethwick Cemeteries and Churches (Holy Lane Cemetery, St Alban, St Chad, St Hilda, St Mark, St Mary, St Matthew, St Michael & All Angels, St Paul, and St Stephen), published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.
The original St Chad's was opened as an iron mission church to Smethwick Old Church in 1882. In 1900 the iron church was demolished and a new church constructed on the same site, which was dedicated in 1902.
The new church was a structure of red brick with stone dressings, in the Gothic style, designed by FJ Gill of Smethwick. It consisted of a chancel, aisled nave with north porch, north vestry, organ chamber, and a north-east bellcot with one bell.
The church closed in 1968 and was demolished in 1971.
The parish was amalgamated with the parish of St Matthew, Smethwick in 1970 and St Matthew's became the parish church of the new parish of St Matthew with St Chad.
Church of England Registers
The register of St Chad's Church, Smethwick, commences in 1882. The original registers for the period 1882-1967 (Bapts) & 1902-1968 (Mar) and Banns for the period 1902-1968 are deposited at Sandwell Archives.
Nonconformist Church Registers
Records of Nonconformist churches in Smethwick can be found on the Smethwick page.
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