Help Us Save St. Columba’s

St. Columba’s United Reformed Church opened 90 years ago on 10th October 1931. The church is located near to the Canal Basin and the old Admiral Codrington Pub.

In January 1926 various Scottish and Irish people who had moved to the city called for a Preaching Station in Coventry. The group was inaugurated in May 1927 and monthly services were held in St Mary’s Guildhall until they moved into St. Columba’s.

The building was until recently an overnight homeless sleepers shelter, run by a local charity. The church building consists of a main church hall, meeting room, kitchen and prayer room, together with a number of additional ground and first floor rooms. 

This year the Church closed and is now up for sale at £500,000.

The Coventry Society would like to see this building saved for the city. We are planning to raise awareness of the building and to put in an application to have it locally listed. To do this we need to know more information about the building, the people involved with it and its architect and builder. 

Can you help?

We would be happy for the building to be used for residential apartments, offices, children’s nursery or even student accommodation if it could be sympathetically converted! Its in a mixed-use area, benefits from road frontages to both St Columba’s Close and St Nicholas Street and is only a short walk from Coventry City Centre.

Help us save this building. If you have any information, documents or old photos, please send them to us at

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