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Maryvale Institute, Birmingham

Description: Maryvale Institute

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 217475

OS Grid Reference: SP0741594534
OS Grid Coordinates: 407415, 294534
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5486, -1.8921

Location: 111 Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham B44 9AJ

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B44 9AJ

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Listing Text

In the entry for;
SP 09 SE
Old Oscott B44
3/26 Maryvale Convent
(Convent of Mercy)
(formerly listed as St Marys
25.4.52 Convent of Mercy, Maryvale)
the entry shall be amended to read;
Old Oscott (B44)
3/26 Maryvale Institute
25.4.52 II* (star)
Roman Catholic theological institute, originally RC bishop's house. The oldest part of the
building is the 1752 house built for the RC Bishop, Thomas Hornyhold; red brick, 3 storeys,
symmetrical 3-bays, 2 windows per bay, articulated by plain pilasters, moulded wood eaves
cornice, old tile roof, flanking corniced chimney stacks, sash windows with glazing bars and flat
stucco arches and key blocks on ground and first floor; open-well stair and 1752 chapel on
second floor, now subdivided but with cornice surviving. 1778 [first Catholic Relief Act] brick
chapel, externally plain, with round-arched windows, added at right-angles and open through
two storeys with Ionic order, murals, only the classical wooden reredos and a now detached
late C17 Flemish baroque altar survive from the various reorderings. John Milner added in
1800 the Sanctuary, in 1809 the long 3-storey wing at right-angles to the original house with
simple stick baluster and ramped handrail staircase, and in 1816 Milner added tile external
colonnade to link both buildings and a 2-storey lecture room, now reduced to a single storey
Doric portico. Also in 1816 Milner added on the second floor the Sacred Heart Chapel, a
vaulted room with delicate Gothic stucco detailing; tile stained glass, image of the Sacred
Heart, is probably by Eginton, the Birmingham stained glass pioneer. Maryvale is very
significant in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in England. It was a Roman Catholic
Mission in the C17 and from 1794-1834 the Catholic Seminary of the Midlands. From
1846-48 it was the first Catholic congregation following Newman's conversion. Source:
Mulvey, B. St Mary in the Valley, A History of Maryvale House.


5104 Old Oscott B44
Maryvale Convent
(Convent of Mercy)
(formerly listed as
St Marys Convent of Mercy,
SP 09 SE 3/26 25.4.52
1794 red brick 3 storey house with symmetrical 3 bay elevation, 2 windows
per bay, articulated by plain pilasters. Moulded wood eaves cornice, old
tile roof, flanking corniced chimney stacks. Glazing bar sash window with
flat stucco arches and key blocks on ground and first floor. Stone colonnade
and exhibition room of 1816. Very plain brick chapel externally, conforming
to the Penal Laws, with round arched windows built 1778. Internally a good
period-piece with Ionic order and murals. Opening off at a slightly higher
level is a further chapel of 1820 with delicate Gothic stucco detailing.
Originally the Roman Catholic Diocesan college, later removed to New Oscott.
The English congregation of the Oratorians was founded here by Cardinal Newman
in 1848.

Listing NGR: SP0741594534

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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