Church of The Ascension

WELCOME to the parish church of Stirchley, Birmingham


History Extra

 Here are documents you can open from different points in the history of our church. In Windows, if you open the files with the Picture & Fax Viewer you will be able, if necessary, to magnify the images to a suitable size.

The original Church of The Ascension was built after fund-raising and some generous donations, as evidenced by this bill for an event at King's Norton Parish Church - see Diamond Jubilee 1897 

Stirchley High Street in the 1900's

The Birmingham Post recorded in 1965 the fire in Stirchley which destroyed the church - see  Birmingham Post October 1965

The same newspaper in October 1965 revealed the lengths people had gone to, to try to save items from the fire. The article was titled "Rebuilding Fund opens as church burns"

There followed a debate as to whether the church should be rebuilt in Pershore Road. The parish and diocese decided on a new location, on the Dad's Lane Estate, on land the church already owned next to the daughter-church. Letters were sent to the Birmingham Evening Mail - see rebuilding debate.

The new Vicar Canon Howard Marlow was rightly proud of the new building when it was consecrated in 1973, and of its artwork -  see Canon Marlow 1973 

Everyone in the parish was invited to the Consecration Service and the celebrations that followed - see  Invitation 1973 and Invitation 1973 (inside)