Smethwick: Sikhs

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A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17, Offlow Hundred (Part). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1976.

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Most of the Indians who settled in Smethwick in the 1950s were Sikhs from the Punjab. Many held religious services in their homes, but what was thought to be the first organized Sikh service in the Midlands was held at the Institute for Overseas Peoples in Brasshouse Lane in 1957. (fn. 1) In 1961 the Sikh community bought the Congregational chapel in High Street and converted it into a temple, the Guru Nanak Gurdwara. It was then said to be the largest Sikh temple in Europe. (fn. 2)


  • 1. Smethwick Telephone, 29 Nov. 1957.
  • 2. G.R.O., Worship Reg. no. 68359; Price, 'Smethwick', 84, citing The Times, 31 July 1962; above p. 131.