Church History - Burslem

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A descriptive account of The Potteries (illustrated)
1893 advertising and trade journal.

The Parish Church of St. John is a somewhat imposing structure of brick, consisting of a chancel, nave, aisles, and massive embattled western town, in the perpendicular style, containing six bells cast in 1827. The tower is of an ancient date, but the rest of the edifice was completely rebuilt in 1717, and lengthened and new roofed in 1788. In 1878, again, the Church underwent a substantial and thorough restoration at a cost of 2,000. A new organ was also substituted for one built in 1792. The chancel contains a beautiful stained glass window, presented by Henry Parker, Esq., of Burslem.

The Parish Church 
of St. John

St. Paul's, Longport, is now a parish for ecclesiastical purposes, having been formed from that of Burslem in 1845. The Church, which stands midway between Burslem and Longport, was erected in 1828-30 at a cost of no less than 14,000, and was consecrated January 19th, 1831. This is one of the finest churches in the potteries. The structure, which is very extensive, is a Hollington stone, in the perpendicular style. It comprises a shallow chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, and an embattled western tower 115 feet high, with pinnacles. The organ, which cost originally 1,000, has since been considerably improved. The Church has several very beautifully stained glass windows, erected to the memory of prominent people connected with the town. One, erected in 1871, is a memorial to the late Mr. Davenport, and another is in memory of the Rev. C. O'Neill, a late vicar. The pulpit is particularly noteworthy. It was erected to commemorate the mission held in the parish by the Rev. W. H. Hay Aitken, in 1885. It is built of alabaster and oak, and has upon the pedestal seven carved figures under canopies, the whole resting upon alabaster columns. The Church, as a whole, forms a splendid monument to the piety and liberality of its congregation, past and present.

Christ Church, Cobridge, became an ecclesiastical parish in 1845. The Church, which was erected in 1839, and enlarged in 1842, is a plain edifice of brick, with stone pinnacles and dressings, built in a modern form of the Early English style. It consists of a small chancel, nave, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles; all the windows are beautifully stained. There are 600 sittings, of which 360 are free.

Holy Trinity, Sneyd: The last of the four district Churches included in the parish of Burslem is Holy Trinity, Sneyd. This was erected in 1852 at a cost of over 5,000. It is a stone structure in the decorated style, built from designs by Mr. T. G. Robinson. It consists of a chancel, nave, aisles, and a fine tower, with spire. The chief attraction in the interior is the beautiful mural painting of "The Resurrection," over the chancel arch. It is the work of Mr. F. Rhead, of Stoke, and was uncovered in August, 1891. The Church contains 600 sittings.

Interior of Holy Trinity

The Catholic Church, dedicated to St. Peter, and situated at Cobridge, was founded in 1780. 

The Wesleyan Chapel, in Liverpool Road, was erected in 1879, at a cost of 1,000. It is an attractive building of red brick with stone dressings, and decorations of terra cotta, the work of local factories. The Chapel will seat 200 people; while the school and class rooms attached with accommodate 150.

Other denominations: The Clowes Primitive Methodist Memorial Chapel, opened August 24th, 1879, is of red brick, with stone facings, and has sittings for 500 persons. The Wycliffe Congregational Hall, Furlong Parade, is a spacious building of red brick in the Gothic style. It was erected in 1885, and is used as a Sunday School and Mission Hall.

Wesleyan Chapel

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