St Laurence

The parish church of St Laurence, Alvechurch has memories of 1000 years of Christian presence on this site and serves a modern lively worshiping community.

About this church

There has been a place of worship on this site from Saxon times. indeed the very name of the village is derived from Aelgythe's church. The current building is a Grade II* listed building, redesigned and rebuilt by the the noted Victorian architect, William Butterfield.

It retains some elements of building styles from Norman through medieval to the present day. The stained glass is of particular note with unique examples of the work of local designer Frederick Preedy as well as windows by Henry Holiday, Alexander Gibbs, JW Brown, and a window by William Pearce to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in which she is depicted as a young woman. Pevsner described the Arts & Crafts style window by Alfred Pike as the best in the church.

There is also a 14th century effigy of a cross legged knight, believed to be Sir John Blanchfront.

Attached to the church is a prize winning modern addition, The Ark which serves both the worshiping community and the people of Alvechurch and beyond as a venue for events ranging from meetings to dances, from toddler groups to wedding banquets.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Wifi

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