The original church dated from the year 1263, but much of this was replaced in 1873 under the direction of JA Chatwin, architect of the lovely Old Joint Stock pub in Birmingham.
All of the "original" (i.e. Victorian) windows were destroyed in the Birmingham Blitz of 1941, except the window in the south transept which is a beautiful Burne-Jones, William Morris produced effort. This window had been removed from the church for safe keeping the day before the bombing. The west window is a 1954 copy of the "original". The east window was replaced after the war to a new design depicting eight of Christ's miracles and some goodly Brummies in '40's garb.
The oldest elements of the current structure are the tower, the clock and chime of which were mentioned in the King's Commissioners report of 1547 and the monuments to the members of the de Bermingham family from the 1300's.
The pulpit of the church is notable for two historic events which happened in it. Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, the 1925 president of the National Council of Evangelical Free Churches, preached there. It was the first known time that a woman had spoken from a Church of England pulpit. In 1969, a sermon was preached by the Archbishop of Birmingham, Patrick Dwyer, making him the first Roman Catholic to preach in the Church of England since the protestant revolt. St Martin’s also has an outdoor pulpit on the side of the building opposite Selfridges, it is the only one of its kind in Britain.
Some external shots.
The unique outdoor, and historic indoor, pulpits.
Alabaster de Bermingham memorial from 1390.
Minton tiles in the choir showing the de Bermingham arms.
The high altar, showing the alabaster frieze of the last supper from 1874 and some of the '40's characters in the post-war east window.
The Hammer Beam roof, showing the influence of Westminster Hall.
The "copy" west window.
The Burne-Jones/William Morris south window.
Shot on my FujiFilm Finepix S4300.