St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham: the church that became a cathedral in the town that became a city

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St Philip’s architecture is a rare example of the English Baroque style by Mr Thomas Archer who based his design on the Roman churches he took a shine to whilst on his travels.

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St Philips has been a place of Christian worship since 1715 when it was built to ease the congregational congestion at St Martin’s in the Bullring (blog on that one to follow).

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The land on which the Cathedral was built belonged to the Phillips family so maybe it was named after them rather than the former disciple who stands out front on a plinth.

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There is not much green space in central Birmingham however St Philip’s dominates “Pigeon Park”.

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The Cathedral is most known for its four main impressive stained glass windows designed by Birmingham born pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and created in William Morris’s workshop (the two talented chaps met at Oxford University). The windows were installed between 1885 and 1897 before the church had its status raised to that of “Cathedral”.

The Nativity.

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The Last Judgement

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The Crucifixion.

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The Ascension.

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“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord”. James 5.14.

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“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another”.
Hebrews 10:25.




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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath became friendly with the Cathedral’s Rev, Catherine Ogle, during his treatment for cancer. He composed a lovely piece for the Cathedral’s choir “How good it is” based on Psalm 133 (see link below to listen).

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore”.

St Philip's at night





  1. Happy new year Carol! It was great to see you but I totally understand the jetlag! It is the worst. I do hope seeing everyone was worth the discomfort. Thank you for the cathedral confirmation – that is why I have not done a little paragraph on St Philip as I was not feeling it to be legit, whereas I have included St Martin info in my bullring church blog which came after :-). Love Lana xx


  2. Hi Lana

    Hope you had good festivities over the xmas period. My visit was exhausting but back now and just trying to get over the jetlag.

    I’ve just been reading your post on St. Philips. You are correct, the cathedral is named after Mrs Philips who lived/owned the land there. It was indeed named after her. I went on a city centre tour a few years ago and that is what I was told by a blue badge tourist guide!

    See – I do read your blogs!



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