Handsworth, West Midlands

St Mary

The ancient parish church of Handsworth is one of the four original churches that covered what is now the city of Birmingham. It is principally known for its association with the key figures of the Industrial Revolution but it has a long and significant history.

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  • St Mary

  • St Mary

Generally a Victorian building from 1875 with the Wyrly Chapel from the 16th century and a Norman tower from 1170.

Many monuments, but significantly to James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch, celebrating the key figures in the Industrial Revolution.

The churchyard is extensive with many significant graves including two of the founders of Aston Villa Football Club and the King and Queen of the Gypsies from 1901 and 1906.

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