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St Clements Church Nechells

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
I'm hoping to find some information about this church where my late Mum worshipped as a young woman. I've seen photographs of it and know it was demolished in the 1970's but do any of you know which St. Clement it was named after and remember what it was like inside.Also,when she was in her seventies, Mum mentioned she'd been a "Clementine"-a member of their amateur dramatic group. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Apologies for the churchy pun! After Mum met my Dad she became a Roman Catholic and they were married at St. Joseph's Church, Thimblemill Lane. I think it saddened her to leave behind the social activities she was part of at St. Clement's and in those days, she had to cut ties with it completely.
It is sad that your mother had to choose. I remember many using the term “non-Catholic.”

The reports of the consecration in 1859 don’t shed any light on why it was named after St Clement, but looking at lists of Church of England Saints seems to refer to 23rd September, Clement, Bishop of Rome, a 100
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Some information about the church and it’s associated missions (from British History online) is below:

“ST. CLEMENT, Nechells (Nechells Park Rd.), a cruciform building of brick and stone designed by J. A. Chatwin in the Gothic style and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, and a turret at the south-east angle of the nave, was consecrated in 1859. A parish was assigned out of St. Matthew's, Duddeston, in 1860. The living, a perpetual curacy from 1860 and a vicarage from 1868, is in the gift of the incumbent of St. Matthew's.

Part of the parish was taken to form the parish of St. Catherine, Nechells (1879). A number of missions have been established from St. Clement's: Scholefield Street schoolroom was licensed for public worship, 1866-1907; High Park Street schools, 1908-9; St. Clement's East mission room, Mount St., 1908-26; and St. Clement's South mission room, Long Acre, 1908-26. St. Clement's North mission church, Cuckoo Rd. (formerly the Cuckoo Road Methodist Chapel), and St. Clement's South mission hall, High Park St. and Thimble Mill Lane, were each licensed for public worship, 1908-52”.

Viv.
 

Sheila Jacob

Brummie babby
It is sad that your mother had to choose. I remember many using the term “non-Catholic.”

The reports of the consecration in 1859 don’t shed any light on why it was named after St Clement, but looking at lists of Church of England Saints seems to refer to 23rd September, Clement, Bishop of Rome, a 100
Thanks very much for responding to my post. "Mixed marriages" were frowned on then and my Dad was very devout. I remember Mum telling me ,when she was in her seventies, that the Catholic Mass only came alive to her once it was said in English.
St. Clement of Rome was the only Clement I could find,too.Rather ironic in the circumstances!
 

Sheila Jacob

Brummie babby
Some information about the church and it’s associated missions (from British History online) is below:

“ST. CLEMENT, Nechells (Nechells Park Rd.), a cruciform building of brick and stone designed by J. A. Chatwin in the Gothic style and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, and a turret at the south-east angle of the nave, was consecrated in 1859. A parish was assigned out of St. Matthew's, Duddeston, in 1860. The living, a perpetual curacy from 1860 and a vicarage from 1868, is in the gift of the incumbent of St. Matthew's.

Part of the parish was taken to form the parish of St. Catherine, Nechells (1879). A number of missions have been established from St. Clement's: Scholefield Street schoolroom was licensed for public worship, 1866-1907; High Park Street schools, 1908-9; St. Clement's East mission room, Mount St., 1908-26; and St. Clement's South mission room, Long Acre, 1908-26. St. Clement's North mission church, Cuckoo Rd. (formerly the Cuckoo Road Methodist Chapel), and St. Clement's South mission hall, High Park St. and Thimble Mill Lane, were each licensed for public worship, 1908-52”.

Viv.
Many thanks for this.
 
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