The 19th & 20th CenturiesA Thousand years of Staffordshire's Churches
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Leek, All Saints

One of only two Norman Shaw churches in Staffordshire.

Click to view larger imageClick to view larger imageElevations for All Saints Church, Leek, built to the design of Norman Shaw in 1885-87.

image of letterExtract from an estimate by Morris and Co. for a scheme for the glazing of the whole church with figures and pictures.

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Hoar Cross, Holy Angels

The church at Hoar Cross was bulit by the Hon. Mrs Emily Meynell Ingram in memory of her husband who died in 1871. She used GF Bodley as her architect. The result was a church described by Pevsner as"luxuriant".

Click to view larger imageThis photograph of the exterior of the church shows the high tower, which house a peal of six bells. Each bell is named after an archangel: St. Gabriel, St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, St. Anael and St. Orfiel.

Click to view larger imageThe reredos at Hoar Cross. The central panel depicts 16 angels, four holding emblems of the Passion. The outer panels show the four patron saints of the British Isles and four British saints, St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Anselm, St. Columba and St. Paulinus.

Tunstall, Christ Church

One of a number of "Commissioners' churches" built following the Church Building Act of 1818, sometimes called the Million Act because it voted a grant of £1 million to be spent under the supervision of Commissioners on the building of churches. In all 214 churches were built, concentrated in London and the industrial towns of the Midlands and the north.

Click to view larger imagePen and ink drawing by T.P. Wood, 1838.

Burton upon Trent, Christ Church

A typical Commissioners' church, built in 1843-44, it cost over £2,800.

Click to view larger imageThe style is very typical of major Commissioners churches and it had an accompanying school, built as a piece.

A group of churches designed by Thomas Trubshaw, one of the Haywood dynasty of builders and architects. These were original drawings by Trubshawe for Salt, St. James, Moreton, St. Mary, Great Haywood, St Stephen and Knightley, Christ Church, 1838-1842.

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Essington, St John the Evangelist

St John's was built in brick in 1932-33 by Wood & Kendrick and Edwin F. Reynolds.

Click to view larger imagePhotograph of the interior, showing the aisleless design, c.1932.

Chasetown, St. Anne

St Anne's Church, Chasetown was built by the Cannock Chase Colliery Company to serve its workers in 1865. The church was built to the design of Edward Adams, a railway architect.

Click to view larger imageView of St. Anne's in 1872, shortly after its dedication.

Click to view larger imageInvitation to the dedication of the church in 1865.