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Birmingham church given special jubilee listing

24 May 2022

Historic England Archive

The south side of All Saints’

The south side of All Saints’

A CHURCH in Birmingham is the oldest of six sites across the country to have been granted listed status this week, in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

The newly listed sites, announced by Historic England on Tuesday, were all visited by the Queen during her 70-year reign.

Historic England ArchivePlaque to mark the church’s dedication and the visit of the Queen

All Saints’, Shard End, now Grade II listed, was the first church to be built in Birmingham after the Second World War, and one of the first to be consecrated during the Queen’s reign. It took its name from All Saints’ in Cooksey Road, Small Heath, which was flattened in the Blitz.

Because of the displacement of so many people from Birmingham, the church was rebuilt in a new location in 1954 with funding from the War Damage Commission. It was consecrated on All Saints’ Day 1955, and visited by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during their tour of the city two days afterwards.

Other sites given Grade II listed status on Tuesday are the Imperial Hotel, Stroud, Gloucestershire; the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch; the Hampshire Archives, Winchester; the Sun Pavilion and Colonnade, Harrogate; and the M62 motorway Yorkshire-Lancashire commemorative markers and plaques.

The chief executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, said: “These new listings celebrate the diversity and richness of our heritage overseen by Her Majesty during her 70-year reign, showing how the fabric of the nation has changed and developed. These sites cover the length and breadth of the country — from All Saints’ . . . when she was newly crowned, to the high-tech Hampshire Public Records Office, completed in 1993.”

The Heritage Minister, Nigel Huddleston, said: “Listing [the sites] as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations is a fitting way to pay tribute to the longevity of [the Queen’s] service.”

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