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  Bourn Brook Walkway  &  Harborne Walk.                

The “Bell Inn”, Old Church Road, Harborne.
Note St. Peter’s Church in the background.
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                 “The “Bell  Inn” web site)

Here are some details of interesting places you pass on the walk.... (and lots of photos below...)

Bourn Brook walkway : Start outside “The Bell Inn”, Old Church Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 0BB.

“The Bell Inn” has a welcoming Beer Garden 
                    beside its Bowling Green.
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St Peter’s Church:
There has been a church on this site, it is believed, since Saxon times and St Chad is thought to have preached here. The base of a preaching cross was found in the middle 1980’s during work at the back of the church and is now in the Church Hall garden. More historical information is available on St. Peter’s Church web site:  including information about the clock, bell-ringing, and the churchyard, etc.  
Further down this page is a YouTube video of some bellringing at the church.

There are leaflets in the church giving a comprehensive guide round the church, pointing out many historical features and items given in memory. The church is open to visitors every Wednesday and Friday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. (Visit after your lunch at “The Bell Inn” ?)

The present building, Grade 2 listed, is Victorian, the sanctuary was rebuilt during 1974/5 after a fire, and the tower is the oldest part and a well known landmark for miles around. It dates from the 14th century. You will notice as you stand in the forecourt, the site of the old Victorian Vicarage, that the west door, ringing chamber and clock, are not in line. It is thought that the tower was built over a period of 200 years and when the Black Death of 1348 killed many of the craftsmen of Harborne, the tower was finished by unskilled workmen. (See more notes below)
Some more interesting facts about St. Peter’s Church and Churchyard:

The churchyard is 7 1/2 acres and is now “closed” but there is an area for the burial of ashes.
In the churchyard is the grave of Anne Vere Chamberlain, wife of Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister 1937 - 1940.
In the church are the remains of the ironwork taken from the grave of the blacksmith A F Hill (1883) who made the gates of the Houses of Parliament. Tools of his trade can be seen in the ironwork.
The Chancel and Sanctuary were refurbished in 1995 when the altar was moved back to the East End and a new communion rail was installed in memory of Stephen and Dorothy Lloyd (daughter of Mrs Neville Chamberlain who is buried in the churchyard).  
The present clock was made by Leeson of Coleshill in 1877. It strikes the hours, chimes Westminster Quarters and shows time on two 5 foot diameter flat copper dials, one over the West door and the other on the north side.
Bell ringing: Sunday: Evensong 5.45 – 6.15 pm.    Practice Night: Monday 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Whether there was any ringing tradition at St Peter’s in the post-Reformation period prior to 1691 is not known, but at that date a new ring of six (tenor 9 cwt) was made for the church by William Bagley of Chacombe, Oxfordshire. Of these, the second was recast by Thomas Mears of Whitechapel in 1799. Two trebles were added by John Warner & Sons of London in 1877. Some rehanging work was done by J.E.Groves of Birmingham in 1924. 

More information about the bells and the clock can be found on the St. Peters web site at:

Routemap of the walk.... (approx. 70 to 90mins)

Click the map above to download this routemap for printing off or to see larger size.

St. Peter’s Churchyard has three entrance ‘gates’.

    Harborne Hall is now an

Hotel and Conference Centre.

Click here for a history of Harborne.

Seasonal photos of Bourn Brook Walkway - middle section. (See more photos lower down this page)

Click the photo above for St. Peter’s Church web site.

Views of St. Peter’s Churchyard.



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