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Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Canterbury United Methodist Church

 
 
Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker, front image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, December 28, 2011
1. Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker, front
Inscription. 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
Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker, reverse image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, December 28, 2011
2. Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker, reverse
in this new church was Oct. 12, 1952 with 900 members. Today the church has grown by many stages and membership is over 4,300.
 
Erected by Canterbury United Methodist Church and the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society.
 
Location. 33° 29.366′ N, 86° 45.316′ W. Marker is in Mountain Brook, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Overbrook Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located on the church grounds and may be difficult to see from the road because of the distance and the trees. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mountain Brook (approx. 0.9 miles away); America's First Office Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Early Mountain Brook Village Area (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lane Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); First Tuberculosis Sanatorium (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mountain Brook.
 
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Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, December 28, 2011
3. Canterbury United Methodist Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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