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St. Joseph Church, Hall Street, Burslem


Area
Burslem
Street
Hall Street
Heritage No.
9a
Grade
II
Date Listed
15 March 1993
Building: Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph
Location: STOKE ON TRENT SJ8649NE, Hall Street, Burslem
Description:  Built 1925-7, brick construction with painted roof - built in the Italianate style.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Burslem
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Burslem

photo:  Mr Brian Peach Jan 2001


Roman Catholic Church.1925-1927 by J.S. Brocklesby.

Brick with pantiled roofs. Italianate style, using the decorative properties of brick to enrich the facades with herringbone tiled courses etc. High western gable, with square northwest tower and round southwest tower with conical roof over open arcade, nave, two aisles and chancel.

Northwest tower enriched with arcading, and arcaded lights. Central wide arched entrance in western gable, triple window over, the whole facade ornamented with blank arcading, tiered in gable itself. Nave divided into 3 bays above aisles by stepped buttresses, each bay containing triple windows with round arched heads. Flat roof of aisle has scalloped tile forming fretted parapet.

Decoration of the interior was carried out by local young people under the direction of Gordon Forsyth, director of the Burslem School of Art, and includes murals in the apse by his daughter Moira.

 (The Buildings of England: N Pevsner: Stafford: Harmondsworth; The Victoria History of the Counties of England: RB. Pugh: Staffordshire: Oxford: 1963-)      


"St. Joseph's was designed by the same architect (J. S. Brocklesby) as Tunstall's Sacred Heart church. It was built 1925-7. The style is Romanesque/Italianate and the medium is almost exclusively brick. The two west towers; one square in plan and one smaller and round, reflect those of the Sacred Heart. St. Joseph's interior is basilican, with three bays to one super bay; beyond the flat ceiling is an aspe.

In his novels, Arnold Bennett based his "Church of the Genuflections" on St. Joseph's."

From: "Six of the Best, Richard Weir"

Central wide arched entrance in western gable
Central wide arched entrance in western gable
"using the decorative properties of brick to enrich the facades with herringbone tiled courses"

 

triple window over the entrance
triple window over the entrance
the whole facade ornamented with blank arcading, tiered in gable itself


round southwest tower with conical roof over open arcade
round southwest tower with conical roof over open arcade

 

Aisle window
Aisle window
Showing detail of the brickwork and the interior stained glass

photos: Steve Birks - Dec 2000
 


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