St Bartholomew's Church, Edgbaston

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St Bartholomew's Church, Edgbaston
St Bartholomew Edgbaston.jpg
52°27′39″N 1°55′02″W / 52.4607°N 1.9171°W / 52.4607; -1.9171Coordinates: 52°27′39″N 1°55′02″W / 52.4607°N 1.9171°W / 52.4607; -1.9171
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSt Bartholomew
Vicar(s)The Revd Nick Tucker
Organist/Director of musicDavid Griffiths
Churchwarden(s)Joe Jordan, Guy Hordern

St Bartholomew's Church, Edgbaston, also known as Edgbaston Old Church, is a parish church in the Church of England in Edgbaston, Birmingham.


The Grade II listed church[1] is medieval, but was largely rebuilt in the 19th century.[2] The chancel, chapels and north arcade were added in 1885 by J. A. Chatwin, who is buried in the churchyard. His grave monument, along with those of William Hoddinott, Jane Bellis and Catherine Chavasse is Grade II listed.[3]

A memorial to physician and botanist Dr. William Withering, who pioneered the medical use of digitalis (derived from the foxglove), is situated on the south wall of the Lady Chapel, and features carvings of foxgloves and Witheringia solanaceae, a plant named in his honour.


The tower contains a ring of eight bells, with a tenor weight of 10 long cwt 14 lb (1,134 lb or 514 kg).[4] The earliest four date from 1685. The bells are rung by the Birmingham University Society of Change Ringers during term time.[5]


A small organ was given to the church by Lord Calthorp in 1837. A Hill organ was built and placed in the gallery in 1857. It was moved to a south east position in the church in 1890. The current organ was rebuilt by Norman and Beard dating from 1956. The organ was extensively damaged by rain water after a theft of lead from the church roof. It was rebuilt at a cost of £70,000 (all funds were raised by the church) and relocated to its current position in the north east of the church in 2012. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6]

List of organists[edit]

War memorial


Grave of church architect J. A. Chatwin

Also in the churchyard is the war grave of a Loyal Regiment officer, Lieutenant Rowland Charles Mason, of World War I.[16]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church - Grade II (1075647)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England, Warwickshire. Nikolaus Pevsner
  3. ^ Historic England. "Grave monuments - Grade II (1343381)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  4. ^ Dove's Guide
  5. ^ BUSCR
  6. ^
  7. ^ Gloucester Citizen - Friday 30 November 1888
  8. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists. First Edition. 1912
  9. ^ Birmingham Post and Mail Yearbook 1964
  10. ^ Parish records
  11. ^ Parish magazine: Edgbastonian
  12. ^ Parish magazine: Edgbastonian
  13. ^ Parish records
  14. ^ Parish records
  15. ^ Parish records
  16. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.