Stoke Minster

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Coordinates: 53°00′15″N 02°10′53″W / 53.00417°N 2.18139°W / 53.00417; -2.18139

Minster Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent
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DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
WebsiteStoke Minster
DedicationSt Peter ad Vincula
Consecrated6 October 1830
Heritage designationGrade II listed
Designated4 March 1992
Architect(s)James Trubshaw, Thomas Johnson
Gothic Revival
Bells10 (1971)
RectorCanon Andrew Wickens
Priest(s)Rev Geoff Eze
Curate(s)Fr Bill Durose
Organist/Director of musicJonathan Hill

Stoke Minster is the Minster Church of St Peter ad Vincula, the town centre and civic church in Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Name and dedication[edit]

The dedication to St Peter ad Vincula means "Saint Peter in Chains". It is derived from the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. The church was formally renamed Stoke Minster in 2005 in recognition of its role in the civic life of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. The title "minster" is an honorific, sharing a common etymology with "monastery".[1]


The first church on the site was built of timber in 670. It was replaced with a stone building in 805 which was extended over the centuries. The remains of this Anglo-Saxon and former collegiate church survive in the churchyard. The re-erected arches date from the 13th century when the chancel was rebuilt. Saxon evidence survives in the baptismal font rescued from use as a garden ornament and restored in 1932 for baptismal use in the church.[2]

The church is the burial place of several generations of Josiah Spode's family, as well as Josiah Wedgwood, who is also commemorated inside the church by a marble memorial tablet commissioned by his sons.[3] The church is a Grade II listed building.[4]

The title of "Stoke Minster" was conferred on the church by The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, at a ceremony on 17 May 2005.[citation needed]


James Trubshaw and Thomas Johnson designed the present parish church.[5] Building began in 1826 and the church was consecrated on 6 October 1830. In the church are ceramic memorials to many of the potters of the district and there is a modern memorial to the football player Sir Stanley Matthews.

The west tower has a ring of 10 bells, all of which John Taylor & Co of Loughborough recast in 1971. The tower has also a clock with a single bell, which John Taylor & Co cast in 1888.[6]


The organ was built in 1899 by J.J. Binns of Bramley, Leeds, as a house organ for the master potter H. J. Johnson. Johnson gave the organ to the church in 1921 as a memorial to members of his family who died in the 1st World War. It was installed, unchanged, on the west gallery. It was rebuilt with substantial changes by J. W. Walker & Sons in 1972. The specifications of the organ are recorded at the National Pipe Organ Register.[7]


  1. ^ Symington, Martin (2012). Sacred Britain: A Guide to Places that Stir the Soul. Buckinghamshire: Bradt. p. 137. ISBN 978-1841623634.
  2. ^ Talbot, Richard (1969). The Church and Ancient Parish of Stoke-upon-Trent. Hanley: Webberley Ltd. p. 41.
  3. ^ "History & Heritage". Stoke Minster. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter ad Vincula  (Grade II) (1297936)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Staffordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 262. ISBN 0-14-071046-9.
  6. ^ Higson, Andrew (24 November 2010). "Stoke on Trent, Stoke-upon-Trent, Minster Ch of S Peter ad Vincula". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent, St. Peter ad Vincula [A00301]". National Pipe Organ Register.