St Philips Cathedral, Birmingham by Peter Broster

Birmingham Cathedral


Designed by architect Thomas Archer, St Philips Church was built between 1711 and 1715, when it was consecrated. Following the rapid growth of industrial towns, there was need for more churches in Birmingham. St Philips was built for the growing parish of St Martin in the Bullring.

The structure was built at one of the highest points in the area. Notably, it is the third smallest cathedral in England! In 1905, the building became a cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham.

The cathedral was bombed during the Second World War, on the 7th November 1940. Thankfully, The Birmingham Civic Society had taken some of its contents into safe keeping during this period, and the building was later restored.

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St Philips Cathedral was built in a Baroque style. Archer was influenced by the architecture of Rome, which is visible in classical elements of the building design, such as the use of pillars.

There have been several additions to the building, including urns on the parapet of the tower in 1756. Four stained glass windows, designed by Edward Burne-Jones, were installed between 1885 and 1897.

Fact file:

Location: Colmore Row, City Centre 
Built: 1710-1725
Style: Baroque
Status: Grade I 
Use: Church of England

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