Listing: 1830. By James Morgan (a partner of John Nash), Classical
Comment: Built 1823-30. The church was built to
accommodate the expanding population of the town but was never entirely
successful. The population in that quarter was never turned out to
be as great as had been expected, the area largely turning into an
industrial one - and with the abattoir not far away. By the
1960s even that residential population had moved away, the church was
closed and became dangerously derelict.
|Later the land around it was identified as the last
area in town which could house a food superstore.
Sainsbury's moved in, building their store to one side
of the church, restoring the church and using its
interior as the store entrance and coffee shop. An upper
floor was inserted and was used as offices.
The new buildings were designed in a way which was sympathetic to the old
church, though the entrance canopy did not meet with universal approval.
build also complemented the new Combined Court building on the other side of the
ring road. The project was architecturally and commercially successful.
The store remained, until the opening of Sainsbury's
new £60m store in Raglan Street, Wolverhampton, in July
2014. The store in St. George's Parade then closed.
The Church in the early 1970s.
|Attempts to sell the store failed and plans have
been made to build houses on the site.
In 1986, before
the building of the store and car park, the human
remains in the graveyard were removed.
A small number of the remains were buried at Bushbury
Crematorium, but most were reburied in the graveyard
beside Holy Trinity Church, Heath Town.
The remains buried at Bushbury were removed in 1981
when the ring road was built. The majority of the
remains were removed in 1986 before reburial at Heath
|The small monument opposite, is in the grounds of Bushbury Crematorium.
The plaque on it reads: "St. George's Churchyard
November 1981. To the rear of this memorial lie the remains exhumed
during the construction of the ring road".
The memorial at Heath Town.
I must thank
Mike Claridge, who is
Minister of The Cotteridge Church for his help
with this section. In 1986 he was one of the
Environmental Health Officers who supervised the
exhumation of human remains from the churchyard.