Canterbury United Methodist Church

Canterbury United Methodist Church (HMZ6F)

Location: Mountain Brook, AL 35213 Jefferson County
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N 33° 29.366', W 86° 45.316'

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Canterbury is the oldest existing establishment in Mountain Brook. It was organized in 1867 as Irondale Methodist when enough settlers to support the church moved into the area around the Irondale Furnace. The first time the North Alabama Conference met in the Birmingham District was in 1874 in the workshop of the furnace. At that time delegates decided to erect their first church on property donated by Pleasant Hickman Watkins on present-day Hollywood Blvd. west of Mountain Brook Village. The name changed to Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1928, when Robert Jemison began developing Mountain Brook, the church was renovated and called the "prettiest country church in the United States," then became Canterbury Methodist Episcopal Church.

This church is the result of the merger of two active churches, Canterbury and Mountain Book Methodist churches. The latter was organized in 1912 as Crestline Community Church, and within the year a sanctuary was erected on Church Street in Crestline Heights. In 1942, a renovation greatly improved the building and the name changed to Mountain Brook Methodist Church. That building is now Steeple Arts. In 1948, under the encouragement of the membership of both churches, a new church was formed. The site selected was formerly a cow pasture of Bearden Dairy. The first service in this new church was Oct. 12, 1952 with 900 members. Today the church has grown by man stages and membership is over 4300.
HM NumberHMZ6F
Placed ByCanterbury United Methodist Church and the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 522734 N 3705574
Decimal Degrees33.48943333, -86.75526667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 29.366', W 86° 45.316'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 29' 21.96" N, 86° 45' 18.96" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 328-354 Overbrook Rd, Mountain Brook AL 35213, US
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