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Birmingham Oratory - Plough and Harrow Road - The Oratory Priests' House and The Church of the Immaculate Conception

This is the Birmingham Oratory on Hagley Road and Plough and Harrow Road in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

 

In September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI came here after beaufifying Cardinal John Henry Newman.

 

The Oratory from Plough and Harrow Road.

 

This part of the Oratory is the The Church of the Immaculate Conception (the Oratory).

 

It is Grade II listed.

 

The Church of the Immaculate Conception (the Oratory) - British Listed Buildings

 

On the site of the original church of 1853 which had been added to and

embellished by John Hungerford Pollen in 1858-61. The present church of

1903-9 by E Doran Webb, and built as a memorial to Cardinal Newman (1801-90).

Stands back from the road and is approached through a gate beneath part of

St Philip's Grammar School (qv). Limestone; copper facing to dome. Long

nave with tunnel vault lit by dormer windows and carried on Corinthian

colonnades. Narrow passage aisles with side chapels in shallow bays in the

outer walls. Shallow north and south transepts; wide short apsidal chancel.

Over the crossing, a dome on a drum with large rectangular windows. The

interior decoration ornate and with much use of coloured marbles and mosaic

work, some of the latter by Westlake. Altar in the north transept from the

church of Sant Andrea della Valle in Rome. Altars beneath the choir

gallery and in the chapel of St Charles Borromeo by Pollen and from the old

church. St Phillips chapel on the south side of the church is of 1858. The

shrine of St Philip Neri in the north-east chapel, by G B Cox, is based

on that in the Chiesa Nuova in Rome and was added c1930.

 

On the right side is the The Oratory Priests' House at 141 Hagley Road.

 

It is Grade II * listed and was the home of John Henry Newman.

 

The Oratory Priests' House 141 - British Listed Buildings

 

1850-1. Red brick with stone dressings; slate roof. Three storeys; 5 bays with

quoins left and right. In an Italian Renaissance style. Grould floor with

central panelled door within stone surround with cornice and superimposed

segment headed panel flanked by vaults and 4 windws with stone eared and

corniced surrounds. Guilloche band at first floor level and a moulded band at

first sill level. First floor with 5 windows, the central one with eared and

corniced surround, the others with simple moulded surrounds. Cornice band at

second floor level. Second floor with 5 almost square windows, the centre with

eared surround, the others with simple surrounds. Eaves cornice with dentils

and mouldings. The home from 1852 to 1890 of John Henry, Cardinal Newman with

his rooms preserved in original condition.

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Taken on June 24, 2011