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34 Commonside, Brierley Hill DY5 4LA, UK
Dudley Church Rededication
121 Hallchurch Rd, Dudley DY2 0TQ, UK – 01384 74614
This church has been a very important part of the community for many years.
Very Welcoming place with songs and worship
Church Rd, Cradley Heath, Halesowen B63 2UL, UK – 0121 550 1158
Beautiful place and setting, opposite homer hill park: a popular place for local dog walkers and young children. The wooden cross at the end of the aisle of poplar trees (planted I believe at the end of WW1 - 1918) acts as a spiritual connection to those who were recruited from Cradley for the war. Every rememberance day the church school (adjacent to St. Peters), Cradley CE, walk up and place small crosses in the earth circumnavigating the cross for a radius of roughly 1 and a half metres, each with written condolences to the passed. There are numerous war graves in a very distinctive white stone which can be discerned without much trouble from standard Victorian and 20th century headstones. Work several years ago in the summer of '13 saw volunteers coppice the overgrown brambles which engulfed much of the vicinal church yard. Much of the graves affected by the relentless natural growth are in ruin, others vandalised. One antiquity of note is a fairly large, almost perfectly square (somewhat wider in rectangular form) stone plaque which if I remember correctly (haven't visited in quite some months) commemorates either the foundation of the church or an addition/annex to it; the latter seeming more suitable in this proposition considering the date was legible and if I remember the provenance proved to be a numerical date akin to the early 19th century (confirm this for yourselves, out of pure memory!) and the foundation of the church being if I remember around 1789. Bolted on (metaphorically, referring to this literature rather than the grave! Ha!), the location of this stone as I remember it (no digital media recorded, shame!) was to the west of the church at the lower part of the Victorian red brick wall (separating older, Victorian graves, left, from newer graves, right) and was ruthlessly perched up, exposed entirely to the elements, it's epitaph wearing by each rain spell. Soon the literature preserved by the stone will be illegible, something needs to change for its conservation! Early tombs from the early to mid 19th century are shrouded by bushes to the north of the church, a difficulty ensued in the attempt to access them. Other evidence of interest can still (if Google lasts that long!) be inferred from the site (depends when you're reading this, really), ultimately it is up to you reader! Complete your missions, fellow antiquarians!
An unexpected oasis of peace.
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