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St Mary Magdalen Church - Heritage Open Days 2018

07 September 2018 - 09 September 2018 Every day
  • Location: St. Mary Magdalen Church, Chapelfields, Sir Thomas White's Road, Coventry, CV5 8DR
  • Time: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Cost: FREE

The first thing that strikes you as you approach is the blue roof, glinting in the sun or glittering in the rain. And indeed, St Mary Magdalen’s is known as ‘The Church with the Blue Roof’.


The owner of the land in 1168 was the Earl of Chester, Hugh of Cyfeiliog. When the knight he sent to the crusades in his stead returned with leprosy, he found it in his heart to endow a leper hospital in the district. The chapel attached to the hospital was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, and remained even after the hospital fell into ruin; until it too vanished from the records, with no physical trace left to find (which led to the name ‘Chapelfields’). When the ‘Tin Tabernacle’ was placed at the site of the present church in 1917, it was St Mary Magdalen, reviving the name of the mediaeval chapel.

The architect for ‘the church with the blue roof’ was Herbert Jackson. He designed a modern church in a Romanesque style with Byzantine details – something that recalled the great churches of Rome and Constantinople, like a stately basilica. The church was consecrated in 1934 and the modern Magdalen Centre was added in 1986.

  • Church archives and history on display all weekend.
  • Christians against Poverty Lecture 10am - 12noon Saturday 8th September. Become informed, and hopefully inspired to join in the work of CAP and celebrate what God is doing to rescue lives from the hopelessness of UK poverty.
  • Tim Campain Organ Recital 2pm Saturday 8th September. Join us as local well known organist, Tim Campain, performs a special recital. 
  • Join well known Coventry artist Andrea Mbarushimana for a Collective Art Project from 2pm - 4pm Sunday 9th September.

Opening Times

  • Friday 7 September: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 8 September: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday 9 September: 12noon - 6pm

Booking Details

No booking required.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Rev'd Dwayne Engh


We are on the corner of Hearsall Lane and Sir Thomas White’s Road (near Hearsall Common). While there is parking, it is limited as it is a residential area. The church is close to bus stops on Craven Street (services 1, 40 and 45), Queensland Avenue (services 6, 6A, 6S, 18, 19, 47 and 53) and Hearsall Common (services 1, 11, 11U, 40, 45). Network West Midlands have a journey planner that can help you find the quickest route to the church. The church postcode is CV5 8DR.

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