Wednesbury St John


"St John's Church, in Bridge Street, was built in 1845-6, for a new ecclesiastical parish, comprising part of the town. It is a large and handsome structure, in the Early English style, consisting of a nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower surmounted by a lofty spire. It was built by Mr Isaac Highway, of Walsall, to designs by Messrs Dankes & Hamilton, of London.
The benefice is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Lady E Foley, and incumbency of the Rev John Winter, MA."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]


Church History

St John's ecclesiastical parish was formed on 3rd June 1844. Services were initially held in a carpenters shop and then the People's Hall, before the church was built in 1845-6 and consecrated on 13th May 1846. The church, in Lower High Street, was a building of stone in the Early English style, and it consisted of a western chancel, clerestoried nave of six bays, aisles, north porch, and a south-eastern tower with spire containing one bell. 
The church became disused in 1980 and was demolished in July 1985.  
The living was a rectory, in the gift of the Bishop of Lichfield.


Church Records

Church of England Registers 
The register of the church of St John commences in 1845. The original registers for the period 1845-1980 (Bapts), 1846-1980 (Mar) & 1846-1948 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office. 

Dave Ogden's transcription of burials at St John, Wednesbury:
Burials: Surnames A to C.
Burials: Surnames D to H.
Burials: Surnames I to P.
Burials: Surnames R to Z.

Nonconformist Church Registers 
Records of Nonconformist churches in Wednesbury can be found on the Wednesbury page.


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