St. Alban the Martyr

Visiting St Alban's Church

New Programme of Free Open Church Days

From February 2020 the church will be open to visitors between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday each month. 

From May to September the church will also be open on the second and fourth Saturday each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As in previous years, the church will be open Thursday to Sunday during the Heritage Open Days in September.

There is no charge for addmission, but any donations to the upkeep or restoration of the church would be appreciated as the running costs of the church building are about £900/week.

Last admission is 15 minutes before closing time.

Come and see the interior of our grade II* listed Victorian Gothic building with its magnificent stone vaulting, designed by John Loughborough Pearson, architect of Truro Cathedral, St Augustine's, Kilburn etc.

Learn about the brothers James and Thomas Pollock from the Isle of Man who founded St Alban's Mission in 1865 in the populous new working-class suburb of "Vaughton's Hole". 

View the fine Arts and Crafts alterpiece by Birmingham artists sisters Kate and Myra Bunce.

  Dates of Open Days for 2020

Planning a Group Visit

If you wish to arrange a visit for a group at another time, please contact one of the churchwardens Chris Smith (Phone: 0121 471 1301; E-mail: chris.smith-sammons@blueyonder.co.uk) or Fay Wilson (E-mail: faywilson@clara.net).

Parking

At present (February 2020) there is still plenty of free parking space for visitors near the church on Stanhope Street and Conybere Street. The City Council currently plans to allocate most of the local parking to residents, with limited pay-and-display parking by the church. The start date for the scheme is not yet known. Currently it is planned that parking charges will apply from Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays. We are hoping to have two bays reserved for Blue Badge holders by the church on Stanhope Street.

Clean Air Zone

From July 2020 a clean air zone will be in force in the centre of Birmingham, which includes St Alban's Church. Please see the BrumBreathes website to see the boundary of the clean air zone https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk/what-is-the-caz and to determine whether the type of vehicle that you use will be required to pay a daily charge of £8 to enter the clean air zone if you know the classification of its engine: https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk/individuals. Note that these are European engine standards and our Prime Minister has indicated his intention that the UK will not continue to conform to such standards beyong 2020.) You can use your vehicle's registration details (number plate) to check whether it will be subject to the charge using here: https://www.gov.uk/check-clean-air-zone-charge.

There are currently no public facilities for charging electric vehicles at or near to the church.

You may find it more convenient to travel by bus, or if you are able, by bicycle.

You can plan your bus journey here: https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/plan-your-journey or here: http://journeyplanner.networkwestmidlands.com/. (B12 0XB, the postcode of the vicarage, seems to work better than that of the church.)

Finding St Alban's Church

If you use Google Maps or a SatNav you may find that the postcode B12 0XB (for the vicarage, next to the church on Stanhope street) gives better results than the postcode of the church, B12 0YH, which leads to the top of Conybere Street. Motor vehicles can currently turn left from the A4540 Belgrave Middleway into either Horton Square or Frank Street. However, only bicycles can turn left from the A4540 Highgate Middleway into Upper Conybere Street (where the street sign reads only "Conybere Street"); vehicles must continue and turn down Leopold Street instead. 


St Alban's Church is Member of the Birmingham Heritage Forum.

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