St Edburgha's Church, Yardley - Culture, history and faith

St Edburgha's Church is situated in Old Yardley Village. A Grade I listed building of 13th Century origin, but mostly of the 14th and 15th Centuries. Including monument to Henry Greswolde.


Where is St Edburgha's Church?

St Edburgha's Church is on Church Road, Yardley, Birmingham, B33 8PD. At the heart of Old Yardley Village, and a short walk away from Blakesley Hall.

 

In brief

The parish church of the Yardley area, it dates back to at least the 13th Century, and is dedicated to the granddaughter of King Alfred, Edburgha of Winchester (who died in 960). She was a nun.

St Edburgha's Church YardleySt Edburgha's Church, Yardley (January 2010). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

St Edburgha's Church - history

Yardley was first recorded in 972 and was featured in the Domesday Book of 1086. The church was first built on this site during the 13th Century, it was constructed in Aston Parish in the Diocese of Lichfield. The church was dedicated to Edburgha of Winchester (died in 960). She was a nun and was granddaughter of King Alfred. She was canonised in 972. She spent her entire life at St Mary's Abbey in Winchester. After her death, some of her remains were transferred to Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire. Yardley was mentioned in the the original endowment of the Abbey, and was mentioned in King Alfred's Charter for Pershore in 972.

The church was built of sandstone. The lofty west tower dates to the 15th Century. The south wall of the chancel retains the work of the 13th Century. The north and south transepts were added in the 14th Century. The tower and north aisle were 15th Century additions. The pulpit was added in 1627 and has 17th Century panelling. There is a fine west window of the Last Supper by John Hardman and Company of 1892.

There is fine monuments in the church dating from the 15th to 19th Centuries. Including one of the Rev Dr Henry Greswolde. The church has been a Grade I listed building since 1952. It was a part of Worcestershire until it became part of Birmingham in 1911. The earliest documented references to the church was either 1165 or 1187.

St Edburgha's Church Yardley

St Edburgha's Church Yardley

St Edburgha's Church Yardley

St Edburgha's Church Yardley

St Edburgha's Church Yardley

St Edburgha's Church YardleySt Edburgha's Church, Yardley (January 2010). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

 

Contact details

St Edburgha's Church

Church Road

Yardley

Birmingham

B33 8PD

0121 783 4736

Project dates

10 Jun 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture
Faith

Contact

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Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com