St. Mary's Church and Graveyard
St. Mary's Church and Graveyard sit alongside the park by the Boating Lake. The Church is the final resting place of notable figures in the history of Handsworth and the region as a whole. William McGregor's tombstone was recently refurbished and the bright, white colour of the stone which memorialises the founder of the Football League and Aston Villa Football Club can be seen quite clearly, even from the other side of the lake.
Inside the church you will find a memorial room dedicated to the industrial greats who had such an impact on Handsworth and Birmingham as a whole - Murdoch, Watt and Boulton, who are all buried here.
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St. Mary's Church Postcard
Shared by Leonard Price on the Birmingham History Forum (Facebook).
St. Mary's Church and Entrance
As shared on the Birmingham History Forum.
A room in the church is dedicated to the Industrial fathers who made Handsworth their home. Including this statue. Thanks to Bill Dargue for sharing the picture on Facebook.
Plaques inside the church commemorate other notable figures from the industrial revolution. Thanks to Bill Dargue for sharing the picture on Facebook.
The church is often open on Saturday afternoons for you to get a closer look at these historic monuments. Thanks to Bill Dargue for sharing the picture on Facebook.
William McGregor's resting place
William McGregor, Aston Villa president and ‘founder of the Football League’, and his wife are buried in this plot in the graveyard (refurbished gravestone pictured). A rededication service was held on 20th December 2011 after £1000 was raised by Aston Villa Supporter's Trust to restore his gravestone.
The most successful manager in the history of Aston Villa is buried in the graveyard of St. Mary's. The rededication of the grave of George Burrell Ramsay took place at the Church of St Mary in Handsworth, Birmingham on 18th November 2015. Conducted by The Reverend Dr Bob Stephen, Rector of Handsworth.
Black Patch stone
Esau and Henty Smith, the undisputed king and queen of the gypsies, are buried here. On September 4th 2016, a stone similar to the one pictured was unveiled in the church yard, becoming a memorial to the 34 Romanies buried at St Mary’s.