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St Mary Magdalen Church - Heritage Open Days 2019

20 September 2019 - 22 September 2019 Every day
  • Location: St. Mary Magdalen Church, Sir Thomas White's Road, Coventry, CV5 8DR
  • Time: 10:00 - 18:00
  • 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’.

Hod 25 2019

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 The church was consecrated in 1934 and the modern Magdalen Centre was added in 1986.

Saturday 21 Sept Join us as local well known organist, Tim Campain, performs a special Organ Recital – 2.00pm. Also for the Official Opening Night of the Wagstaffe Art Exhibit Metamorphosis 6pm. Exhibit remains open throughout Heritage Open Days. Come see paintings never exhibited before by one or more of Coventry’s renowned artists!
Sunday 22 Sept Inclusive Church Conversation about Gender - 11.30am. A discussion about the differences between men and women’s experiences of life . Given that gender is culturally constructed - feelings, behaviours, expectations associated with a particular gender - how do we support those people?

Opening times

Friday 20 September: 1200-2000
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1800
Sunday 22 September: 1200-1800

Booking details

No booking required

Additional information

Contact for the day: Rev'd Dwayne Engh


We are 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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