St Paul’s Church

St Paul’s Church
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St Paul’s is a church in the Georgian St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.
The Grade I listed church was designed by Roger Eykyn of Wolverhampton. Building started in 1777, and the church was consecrated in 1779. It was built on land given by Charles Colmore from his Newhall estate. It was the church of Birmingham’s early manufacturers and merchants – Matthew Boulton and James Watt had their own pews, which were bought and sold as commodities at that time.
It is a rectangular church, similar in appearance to St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The spire was added in 1823 by Francis Goodwin.The church has excellent acoustics and has long given concerts.
The first ring of bells was added in 2005. Prior to this the church had three bells used as a service bell and clock chimes. A new ring of ten bells was installed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the St.Martin’s Guild of Church Bell Ringers and officially opened on 25 November 2005. The tenor weighs 12 cwt 2 qtr 13 lb (1,413 lb/641 kg)