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Cradley Heath's oldest church opens door after restoration
2:09pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
CRADLEY Heath’s oldest church is opening its doors this weekend so parishioners can see the result recent renovations.
The scaffolding at Four Ways Baptist Church, Corngreaves Road, has been removed to reveal the restored terracotta decorations and a renovated spire.
The Grade II listed church was built in 1834 and needs specialist renovation work costing £160,000, which English Heritage has donated nearly £100,000.
Janet Billingham, from the church, said: “Everyone has seen the scaffolding up so we are holding the open day so people can see the church now the scaffolding has been taking down.
“The first phase of the restoration has been done with the terracotta, woodwork and spire being restored which looks great.”
She added: “However, we still need to raise money for the second and third phases of the restoration.”
The church is opening its doors from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday and there will be refreshments all day, all donations will go to the restoration fund.
The church was the first of any denomination to be founded in Cradley Heath. Its first meeting was in December 1833, in Granger's Lane. Later, land was bought near the Four-Ways end of the High Street, and a meeting place was built.
And it is in the history books for appointing Britain's first recorded black West Indian pastor - reverend George Cousens, in 1837.
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