Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

King's Church

Bath Road

Listing: Locally listed in 2004.  Purpose built 1892-3 as a Catholic Apostolic church.  Aisled nave, apsidal chancel with shallow ambulatory, small spire at junction of nave and chancel.  Mostly lancet windows.  Twin west porches with ironwork grilles.  Good quality orange brickwork with some dressings.  Original rainwater goods and green leaded glazing.  After closing the church was used by the Welsh Presbyterians and the Ukranian Uniats, before being taken over by its present congregation.

Comment:  This church is so enfolded with greenery that you can hardly see it - the photo above is the most revealing photo we have managed so far.  It stands next to the Ring Road and it and its trees improve the view from there.

A Bennett Clark photograph that gives a good overall impression of the church.
As to its original builders, the Catholic Apostolic Church, Gervase Nicholas E. Charmley, of the London Theological Seminary, has kindly written to tell us:  "The Catholic Apostolic Church was an extremely unusual dissenting body that believed that the office of Apostle had been restored to the church.

The body was founded in 1835, and had its zenith in the second half of the 19th Century, when it organised elaborate ritual and constructed many beautiful buildings, most notably its London Cathedral, in Gordon Square, and the Mansfield Place church in Edinburgh.

The original Apostles had been appointed by a supposed divine revelation in 1835, and, as no further revelations were forthcoming about the replacement of the Apostles as they died, the last Apostle passed away in 1901; this led to a crisis, as the Apostles alone held the power of ordination to the ministry of the church.  The last ordained minister of the Church died in 1971".

The church's size, and the fact that it was included in Bennett Clark's album of photos strongly suggest the importance of the Catholic Apostolic church in the town at the time.