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Birmingham, All Saints, Hockley 8, 6-1-21 in C

Grid Reference   139/054882 Hockley Church. Source:
Postocode B18 7RP
Date Lost 1973


The church was built in 1832-3. It has no tower, but the four main corners of the building originally carried tall pinacled turrets, later removed.  The chancel was rebuilt and enlarged in 1881.

Originally there was only one bell, in the south west turret. It was cast by Thomas Mears in 1832 and was 27.375" in diamter, weighing 3-3-9.  This was sold to Taylors in 1862 when they supplied a new bell via Blews; 28.52", 4-2-27. This was recast quickly as the bell later removed was by Barwell, 1875 - 24", 3cwt. It was present, but disused, in 1963 and was there until the demolision of the church.

The vicar presented a chime of bells in memory of his sister and his nephew. The bells were put in an open steel framework above the roof, behind the gable - the one seen level with the spirelets. The part of the building beyond this level was removed some time before the rest of the church. This later photograph, taken not long before demolishion, judging by the cars, shows a shorter church, but with a similar set of three windows. The chime is just visible, as is the Barwell bell in the right hand turret.

This is the interior of the church

The church was closed in 1972 and declared redundant on 3rd April 1973. Demolition and disposal of contents was authorised on 18th December 1973. The 19th century housing in the area were being demolished and the dwindling congregation could not afford the costs of the required repairs to the church.

The bells were rescued from the now redundant church on the eve of its demolition are now installed in Harborne, St Faith and St Laurence (q.v.). The turret bell was taken to Bishop Latimer's Church, whose parish now includes the Hockley area

(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  0-3-27  16.00"   2068.0Hz
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  1-0-15  16.875"  1958.0Hz
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  1-2-10  19.00"   1743.0Hz
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  2-0-08  21.00"   1552.0Hz
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  2-2-21  23.00"   1383.0Hz
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  3-0-10  24.375"  1306.0Hz
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  4-3-03  27.625"  1164.0Hz
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1929  6-1-21  30.625"  1037.0Hz

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