The Church of the Holy Ascension,
Mappleborough Green, is located well to the north of the village
itself, on the eastern side of the Birmingham Road just above the
junction with Common Lane. The village seems originally to have been
known as the Hay Wood - the 'grove of Haia' - which, in 1201, Peter Corbizun
granted to William son of Geoffrey, and which consists of a number of
scattered settlements that must have originated in encroachments on
the common from an early date.
The church was commissioned and financed by
Sir William Jaffray Bart of Skilts, and designed by the architect J
A Chatwin of Birmingham in the Early English style, which best
suited its rural location, using Bromsgrove stone for the exterior
and Hanbury stone with Bromsgrove stone dressings for the interior.
The church opened on Wednesday 11 July 1888. Sir William continued
to support the church both with hard work and generosity after its
construction until his death in 1914.
All photos on this page kindly contributed by Aidan