Churches and Chapels of Stoke-on-Trent

St. John the Baptist - Burslem



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St. John the Baptist Parish Church - Burslem
St. John the Baptist Parish Church - Burslem
"a brick edifice, with a massive stone Norman tower"

 

The short and stocky west tower dates from at least 1536 and is Stoke-on-Trent's oldest structure still in service. 

The original roof was thatched after a serious fire, the nave was rebuilt in brick and tile in 1717.

 

View from the rear of the church

view of the the rear of the church

The church was extended in 1788 by the addition of an apsidal chancel to create more seating

The east facing window is of the typical Venetian style - so loved by potteries architects. 

 


 

"The church, dedicated to St. John, is a large modern brick edifice, with an ancient stone tower; the benefice is a rectory, in the patronage of William Adams, Esq. of Cobridge, and the incumbency of the Rev. Edward Whieldon, whose curates are the Rev. Samuel Jones and the Rev. John Buxton Marsden." 

Pigot & Co's 1828/9 Directory of Staffordshire

 


"Burslem was formerly a chaperly in the parish of Stoke, but was constituted a separate parish by act of parliament in 1807. The old church is a brick erection, with a stone tower of greater antiquity than the body; the living is a rectory."

Pigot & Co's 1841 Directory of Staffordshire

 


"Parish of Burslem - Burslem was formed into a separate parish from that of Stoke (which formerly comprised nearly the whole district) by an Act of Parliament passed in 1807. The parish thus formed embraces the township of Burslem, the hamlet of Sneyd, and the ville of Rushton. It is divided into four ecclesiastical districts - St. John the Baptist; St. Paul, Longport; Christ Church, Cobridge; and Holy Trinity, Sneyd. 

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."

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

 

 


 

 

Burslem Parish Church St. John the Baptist  Sunday School
Burslem Parish Church 
St. John the Baptist  
Sunday School

 

 

Josiah Wedgwood - Eminent Potter of This Town
Josiah Wedgwood 
Eminent Potter of This Town 
Born in a nearby cottage and baptised
in this church on the 12th July 1730
Died 3rd January 1795

 


 

 

 

the apsidal chancel was added to the front of the church in 1788
the apsidal chancel was added to the front of the church in 1788

 

 

the gallery and organ at the rear of the church
the gallery and organ at the rear of the church 

 


 

William Adams, Master Potter 1746-1805
William Adams
Master Potter 
1746-1805 

 

 

Enoch Wood, Born 31st January 1759 , Died 13th August 1840
Enoch Wood, Born 31st January 1759 , Died 13th August 1840 

 

 

 


 

 

The view towards Burslem shows the remaining bottle kilns in the grounds of Acme Marls
The view towards Burslem shows the remaining bottle kilns in the grounds of Acme Marls

 

 


 

 

Burslem Parish Church, St. John the Baptist on Woodbank Street 
Burslem Parish Church, St. John the Baptist on Woodbank Street 

Bing Maps

 

 

 

Related pages..

Listed building details for St. John's

St. John's - a 'Grand Tour'

Burslem: The Wedgwood Family and Enoch Wood ... 
The changes in the town from George I to accession of Queen Victoria (1714-1837)
- including details of the church.

Enoch Wood models, pottery, sculpture at St. John's Church, Burslem 


also see..

Index of Churches and Chapels 

Index of Burslem Churches


The bottle kilns of Acme Marls Ltd

Bournes Bank

Wedgwood's Churchyard Works

Adams Family of Potters


Christian Heritage of Stoke-on-Trent