The heritage of Stoke Minster is carried through the sacred inheritance of over 1300 years and through the industrial history of the Potteries.
The origins of Stoke Minster go back to the 7th century when a wooden cross and church marked this place as one of the most historic religious sites in the town of Stoke-upon-Trent and the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
The first stone church was built around 805 and the site contains the remains of the 13th century church. Within the grounds stands part of an ancient Saxon cross dating back to the eighth century and inside the church is a Saxon font, still in use today.
The church had major connections to the commercial and industrial life of the city at the height of the Potteries’ success and the graves of Josiah Wedgwood, and those of the family of Spode can be found in the graveyard. The existing church was built to respond to the growth of attendance by local industrialists and their employees in the 19th century. It was in 2005 that the church, dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula, was appointed a Minster in recognition of its wider ministry to the civic life of the city.
The Wedgwood Museum is in nearby Barlaston, and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the City Centre. Nearby is the Spode Heritage Centre. Spode ware is now sold by Portmeiron, whose factory shop is only a five minute walk from Stoke Minster.
Visitor Opening: Tuesday 12.30 – 1.30 p.m., Wednesday 10.00 – 2.30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12.00 – 3.00 p.m.
Visitor Resources: Two short guides are available for visitors free of charge, detailing key features:
1) Inside the Minster
2) Outside in the Minster grounds
A printed colour booklet containing a more detailed history of the Minster is available in the entrance foyer for £2.
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