St John the Baptist's Church, Burslem
|Church of St John the Baptist, Burslem|
Viewed from the west
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|Denomination||Church of England|
|Dedication||Saint John the Baptist|
|Heritage designation||Grade II|
|Designated||2 October 1951|
|Diocese||Diocese of Lichfield|
The body of the church is of brick, built in 1717, replacing an earlier timber-framed building destroyed in a fire. The sides have tall windows with round arches. The chancel was added in 1788; it has an apsidal east end with a Venetian window. It is thought that Enoch Wood, the churchwarden, instigated the building of the chancel.
The churchyard was extended in 1804 and again in 1847; the older part has around it brick walls of the late 18th or early 19th century.
It also contains the grave of Margaret (or Mollie) Leigh (died 1748), who was reputed to be a witch. Her tomb has its axis set north-south. It is thought that it was re-orientated by the rector of St John's (who had earlier officiated at the funeral) in order to lay her ghost to rest, after a rumour that she had been seen after her death.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to St John's Church, Burslem.|
- "Burslem: Churches", in A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8, ed. J G Jenkins (London, 1963), pp. 121-125 British History Online. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (1291065)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Molly Leigh – the witch of Burslem"" BBC Stoke and Staffordshire, 3 March 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2019.