St Paul’s church is situated in the Jewellery quarter and is a picturesque escape from the busy city centre which is only a stone’s throw away. The square has so much character and is always a delight to visit. I was dropping off my picture with the RBSA gallery and happened to have half an hour to spare. I wandered around the perimeter of the square. Immediately I saw that there were some early displays of daffodils on the east side of the square. The picture of the daffodils with the church in the background is one that I have tried before. This time the picture caught the imagination of social media. The image was featured in England’s Big Picture and Independent Birmingham Instagram and Twitter pages.
As I walked around to the church entrance, I noticed that it was open and so I ventured inside. I have been inside a few times before but never with my camera. The sun was streaming in through the windows making a lovely scene of shadows and light. The pictures of the church, which is a grade I listed building, show the features. The East window has a enamelled stained glass window depicting the Conversion of Saint Paul. The organ has a long history including when it was built and a list of organists over the years. The pews have doors to them and there is a sign indicating that Mathew Boulton had a pew in the Church as the photograph shows.
The Millennium window caught my eye. This was sponsored by the Birmingham Assay Office. There was a competition and the winner was Rachel Thomas with her stained glass window ‘The Angel’s Crucible’ based on Job 28.
There is much much more including the Eagle pulpit, the organ with its history and the balcony surrounding the inside view. There is so much to write about and once you have looked at the photographs then be sure to visit the webpages of the church and more about the history. I will leave you with a few photographs of the outside of the church including the resident pigeons.
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Reflections in Floodgate Street Poster with hangers£15.50 – £31.50
Feel the force Postcard£3.25