St Chad's Cathedral, Bath Street Birmingham (old St name) St Chad's Queensway is on the northern side of the road, which divides the cathedral from the city centre, and Walker Fine Tool Warehouse, 60 Bath Street
St Chad's was the first Catholic Cathedral erected in England after the English Reformation initiated in 1534 by King Henry VIII.
St Chad’s was designed by the great Gothic Revivalist Augustus Welby Pugin, who was also responsible for the Palaces of Westminster and the iconic clock tower of Big Ben.
In 1932, St. Chad's was extended by the addition of St Edward's Chapel, designed by Pugin's grandson, Sebastian Pugin Powell, and built in memory of Archbishop Edward Ilsley and his patron St. Edward the Confessor. The chapel windows depict the history of the relics of St. Chad, and those who have served the church there, along with some magnificent ecclesiastical coats of arms.
St Chad’s is known across the world as a beautiful building with a remarkable history and a rich heritage. But it is first and foremost a House of God. St Chad’s is the Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham which covers five counties. It is a place for worship and prayer, a place where we can meet God and offer him our praise and thanksgiving and bring him our needs and concerns.
Something for the pleasure for the victors is a large hidden walled garden a bit of a secret world beyond the city centre.
Walker Fine Tool Warehouse, 60 Bath Street
My capture of the view shows the premises in front of the St Chads by the entrance of the cathedral. I have been unable to find out more about these premises or the date when they were demolished. The image is taken from an old poor photo found on the net, little is known about the property or the date when it was demolished.
Painting title is named “John McIntyre” (Archbishop of Birmingham)
John McIntyre (1 January 1855 – 21 November 1935) was an English prelate who served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham from 1921 to 1928.
Born in Birmingham, he was educated at Sedgley Park School, Wolverhampton, the English College, Douai, and (Olton Friary) formally St Bernard's Seminar, St Bernard’s Road Olton locally educated and the English College, Rome (referred to as the English College, is a Roman Catholic seminary in Rome, Italy, for the training of priests for England and Wales)
John McIntyre was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham on 16 June 1921 and installed at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham on 5 July 1921.
Appropriate for my painting of St Chads to be named after the Archbishop of Birmingham, not only that he as born in Birmingham what pride he must had to serve his home city.