A winter’s walk through St Paul’s Square…
St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter is apparently the last remaining Georgian Church (not including St Philips Cathedral) sitting in the middle of the only surviving Georgian Square in the city… so it seems it is definitely a pretty important piece of local history! It is located in the Jewellery Quarter Conservation area and has luckily remained largely untouched from modern redevelopments which have taken place around it.
There is a lovely tranquil feeling to the place as you stroll through the spacious churchyard which forms the square. The perimeter is lined with rows of handsome Georgian town houses which I assume would have once been workshops or residential premises but are now either offices, retail or trendy wine bars. There are some newer buildings facing onto the square (some of questionable taste & scale) but it still retains it’s Georgian charm. If you omit the cars and other modern inventions from view you could be transported back to a scene from a period drama with ladies in bonnets and horse-drawn carts!
- Architect: Roger Eykyn
- Year: 1779
- Additions: Bell tower & spire added in 1823 by Francis Goodwin
- Use: Church (CofE)
- Style: Georgian (based on the St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square)
- Status: Grade I Listed
- Material: Slate roof, ashlar walls with decorative quoins, rustication and banding.
FACT: English manufacturer & engineer Matthew Boulton and his business partner the inventor James Watt regularly worshipped at the church and even had their own pews…bet ya didn’t know that! 😉