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Birmingham Heritage: The Birmingham Oratory FREE


The Oratory Church is Grade II* listed building which dates mainly from the beginning of the Twentieth Century but with an interior which evokes the Italian Baroque.

It was founded by the famous English Catholic Convert and Writer Cardinal John Henry Newman and was once the home of JRR Tolkien. It remains home to a vibrant and diverse Roman Catholic faith community.

The church is filled with rich marble interiors and Italian mosaics which were produced by craftsmen in Murano, Italy. It also features an alabaster baptistry by the local designer Dunstan Powell and executed by the Hardmans company.

The Holy Souls altar in the church and the Victorian cloisters contain memorials to those who died during the Great War. The church is open to visitors throughout the day.

19 September 2019 –22 September 20192019-09-19T11:00:00Z2019-09-22T17:20:00Z


The Oratory

141 Hagley Road

B16 8UE Birmingham GB

0121 200 1511

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