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Some history


St Peter's was built in 1789 as a Countess of Huntingdon Connexion Chapel.  By 1798 the church had run out of money and in order to survive the ministry, Mr Best, asked the Church of England whether they could conform.  


        NB. To hear an audio story about the church navigate to the menu 'History' drop down 

  box and select Cradley Heritage Memorial Trail, then 'click' on St Peter's Church.                                               

CLICK BELOW: To link to visit

The original chapel


The original Cradley Chapel was built in the style of preaching chapels for good acoustics and for people to sit and listen.


Next to the Cradley Chapel was the National School (which no longer exists), it moved to the site along Church Road which is the Cradley Church of England School.

A drawing of the chapel in relation to the High Street


The church used to be just above the bustling High Street.  These shops, pubs and houses were destroyed to widen the road.

The interior of St Peter's before the chancel was extended in 1933


Note the different window.

The chancel was pushed about about 20 feet to accomodate a larger choir and make the church more Church of England in style.

The new tower


The tower was added in 1875 and was designed by Bromsgrove architect, John Cotton. Over time it subsided and in 1933 the short spire was removed to reduce stress on the structure.

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