Selly Park - St Edward

An imposing early twentieth century Gothic Revival suburban church designed by H. T. Sandy and G. B. Cox. The building was erected in three phases as funds became available, but the Gothic style and detailing is consistent, with good-quality finishes, fittings and furnishings. Reordering has been sensitive and the sanctuary retains the 1920s high altar and reredos.

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Sheldon - St Thomas More

A notable reinforced concrete design by Richard Gilbert Scott, built to a fan-shaped plan to serve the needs of the post-Vatican II liturgy. Like Scott’s earlier church at Kitts Green, it has a fine scheme of coloured glass by John Chrestien. 

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Shelfield - St Francis of Assisi

A modestly sized steel framed and brick building of the 1930s, originally planned to serve as a hall for a church which was never built. 

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Shipston-on-Stour - Our Lady and St Michael

A former workhouse chapel in lancet Gothic style, converted to Catholic use in 1979. The mid-nineteenth century chapel is architecturally complete, and has some good carved stone detailing. The internal fittings include a number of items by A. W. Pugin, Charles Hansom and others, brought here from local Catholic centres which have passed out of use.

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Shirley - Our Lady of the Wayside

A striking design of the Post-Vatican II period, the baptistery with its tall needle spire a local landmark. Inside, the main volume of the church is a single impressive space, well detailed and little altered. Its main significance however lies in the quality of its original furnishings and artworks, by Walter Ritchie, Tom Fairs and Elisabeth Frink.  

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Shottery - Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Robert Dibdale

A functional modern worship space combined with a parish hall, of limited architectural interest.

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Silverdale and Madeley - Sacred Heart

The chief interest of the church is in its unusual arched brick front and lamella roof construction, here used at quite an early date after its development about 1920 (but renewed after a fire). Although the original cupola has been lost, and the felt roof covering somewhat detracts, the building continues to make an interesting and appealing contribution to the local streetscape.

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Small Heath - Holy Family

A brick building of the 1920s by George Drysdale, built on a Greek cross plan, and significantly enlarged in the 1960s to accommodate a large influx of (mainly Irish) Catholics, attracted by jobs in local industry. The interior is a fine barrel vaulted space. An intended campanile was not built, the result being that the townscape contribution of the church is relatively minor. 

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Smethwick - St Phillp Neri

The mission was established by the Rev. Edward Caswall, of the Birmingham Oratory and a noted hymnographer. The present church is a brick and terracotta design of the turn of the twentieth century, built largely through the efforts of Fr Charles Ryder. The design can be described as transitional Romanesque-Gothic, the arcaded interior more successful than the exterior. The sanctuary and transepts are richly furnished in marble, stone and mosaic, either by Fr Ryder or in his memory.   

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Snow Hill, Wolverhampton - St Mary and St John

A large and important Gothic Revival church in the style of c. 1300 built in the 1850s by one of the leading church architects of the time, and reflecting the confidence of the Catholic Church at the time of the restoration of the hierarchy. The fine polygonal, gabled apse was added later, but the intended tower and spire were never built. The church interior is a fine space, notable for the quality of its carved stonework. It has largely escaped major post-Vatican II alterations. With the adjoining brick presbytery, the church makes a noteworthy contribution to the St John’s Square Conservation Area. 

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Solihull - St Augustine of England

A simple brick Gothic church by A. W. Pugin, his earliest surviving church design, enlarged and enriched at various stages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with furnishings given by or designed by members of the Pippet family, whose church this was; nearly all the stained glass is by Hardman & Co. Other precious items, possibly given by Pugin, include a Flemish triptych and an ivory crucifix. In 1979 a large extension was built on the (ritual) north side of the building, effectively creating a new church, and involving significant demolition. The rupture caused by this intervention has to some extent been healed by a more recent sympathetic reordering.  

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Sonning Common - St Michael

A large post-war church built during the Second Vatican Council and designed with a freestanding altar. Disused altar rails with good ironwork designs survive in the sanctuary.

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Southam - Our Lady and St Wulstan

A pleasant small Italo-Byzantine church of the mid-1920s which was built to serve both the parish and the adjoining convent. The exterior is unassuming. The interior with its round-arched ceiling is well-proportioned but has lost much of the painted decoration which once enriched the east end.

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Sparkhill - English Martyrs

A finely-detailed Basilican design of the 1920s by E. Bower Norris, with a landmark campanile and a simple and little-altered interior adorned with fine marble and mosaic decoration.

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Spetchley - St John the Baptist

The Berkeley family of Spetchley Park has maintained the Catholic faith since the 1690s, and for many years was served by Jesuit priests, latterly from Worcester. The chapel is contained within the neoclassical mansion built in 1811 for Robert Berkeley from designs of the Catholic architect John Tasker. It is a fine neoclassical space with some nineteenth century enrichment in the sanctuary. The house lies within extensive parkland. 

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St Mary on the Hill - Wednesdbury

A mid-Victorian brick church designed with thirteenth century detailing by a well-known Catholic church architect. Sited on a hill, together with the nearby Anglican parish church, it forms a prominent local landmark. The original presbytery has been demolished.

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St Teresa of the Child - Stoke-on-Trent

The original 1920s church, of modest architectural interest, was built to serve workers brought from France to the nearby Michelin factory. It was enlarged and given a tower by E. Bower Norris in 1956. More recently the interior has been remodelled, creating a luminous, uplifting worship space. 

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Stafford - St Anne

An economical design of 1986, fit for purpose, well-lit and spacious but of low heritage significance. 

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Stafford - St Austin

Stafford was a strong local Catholic centre during the penal years, and a public chapel was built as soon as it became legally possible to do so in 1791. This building, placed beside the contemporary presbytery, was remodelled and extended in Gothic style in 1814, but survives only in part. The present church, in effect the third on the site, is a solid Gothic Revival design of 1861-2 by E. W. Pugin, lacking its intended spire but with significant furnishings by P. P. Pugin and others.

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Stafford - St Patrick

A post-war stripped Romanesque design by E. Bower Norris, incorporating some of the firm’s distinctive details, including a strong bell tower, good quality brickwork and a carefully designed interior with flat arcading. It retains some original fittings, including the high altar in a reordered sanctuary and nave pews.

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