St Mary's Church, Hamstead Road, Handsworth by Rob Lowe

The Handsworth parish church of St Mary's, which dates back to the twelfth century, has long been associated with three of Birmingham's most famous sons, allowing that two of them were adopted, having been born in scotland.

The names of James Watt, William Murdock and Matthew Boulton,( born in Birmingham) are inseparably linked with Handsworth and the Soho Engineering works.

When raising during the 1980s for church repairs the fund organisers justifiably claimed that the church constituted the

Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution.

Boulton Watt and Murdock are all buried in the vaults of St Mary's

by Rob Lowe