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Smethwick St Matthew

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St Matthew's ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1856 from part of Smethwick Old Church. The church, in Windmill Lane was consecrated in 1855.



A transcription of the Monumental Inscriptions of St Matthew 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.


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Church History

St Matthew's church is a structure of stone, in the Decorated style, designed by Joseph James, consisting of a chancel, aisled nave with north and south porches, and a west bellcot with one bell. A north vestry was added in 1892.
The parish was amalgamated with the parish of St Chad, Smethwick in 1970 and St Matthew's became the parish church of the new parish of St Matthew with St Chad.

Postcard of St Matthew's Church c1915.


Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of St Matthew's Church, Smethwick, commences in 1855. The original registers for the period 1855-1961 (Bapts), 1856-1968 (Mar) & 1855-1957 (Bur) and Banns for the period 1950-1966 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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