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Kingstanding – Christ the King

Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham B44

A functional building of the early 1960s, built to a traditional plan but using modern forms and materials, catering for a new housing estate.

The church is a functional building of the early 1960s, the design combining modern and traditional elements. The external facings are of brindled brick laid principally in stretcher bond, the roof coverings of Roman tiles. The plan comprises a rectangular aisleless nave and sanctuary under a continuous pitched roof, with lower flat-roofed projections on either side, now used as chapels, and a southwest bell tower. The west front, originally reached up a broad flight of steps, is of plain brickwork relieved by vertical brick ribs, with a central doorway and a five light window above rising into the head of the broad shallow gable. The projecting eaves of the nave roof have timber brackets. Set back from the west end on the south side of the church is a brick bell tower with an open belfry and a pitched roof. The side elevations of the church are of seven bays divided by brick pilaster strips. Each bay has full-height three-light windows but the lower parts of the windows are either bricked in or covered by side buildings. The east wall is blind.

The interior is broad and light, with a terrazzo floor, plain plastered walls with brick pilaster strips concealing the concrete or steel piers of the building frame and an open roof ceiled between the main beams. At the west end is a timber-fronted gallery with a glazed vestibule beneath. There are straight-headed openings to a former Lady Chapel on the north side and a cry room on the south side. There is no structural division between the nave and the sanctuary, which occupies the eastern bay and has a full-height timber reredos with canopy against the east wall. There is figurative stained glass in the west window and the southeast window. The other windows have coloured borders.

The church and parish centre stand next to the school on one side of an oval green intended as the centre of the new housing estate, with a parade of small shops nearby.

Not listed. The church is a fairly standard product of the early 1960s and is not considered to be a candidate for the statutory list.

Heritage Details


Original Date: 1962

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed