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From: "The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent" by John Ward, originally published 1843.
"The Church of St. Mark, which now adorns the knoll on which the ancient village of Shelton was seated, cannot fail to attract the attention of every person of taste or devotional feeling, for the beauty of its architecture, (of the early English style,) its large and stately dimensions, and its suitableness to the design of honouring the Supreme Being, to whose worship it is dedicated.
The tower is 120 feet high, and has four marked stories; the upper, or bell loft, rising from a plinth, the angles of which are are decorated with crocketted pinnacles, and having a large double lancet window on each face of the tower, the summit being crowned by a machicolated battlement with elaborate pinnacles at each corner, and four intermediate ones of smaller size.
The interior displays a triple lancet east window, glazed with painted glass, the centre light having a whole-length figure of Saint Mark, the north compartment representing the Nativity, and the south the Resurrection, and filled in with other devices, among which are the richly-emblazoned arms of the patron and rector of Stoke, at whose joint cost, as appears by an inscription underneath, this beautiful window was executed. The interior of the church answers, in most respects, to its exterior elegance.
The church is calculated to hold about 2,100 persons, 500 of the sittings being free. It measures, in exterior length, including thr tower and chancel, 151 feet, and in breadth, 75 feet. It was erected by the commissioners for building new churches, from a design of Messrs. Pickersgill and Oates, of York, at the cost of about £10,000, towards which £250 was granted, by King George IV., out of the revenues of the Duchy of Lancaster, and donations amounting to £500 were contributed by Earl Granville, John Tomlinson, Esq., and others.
It was consecrated on the 19th June, 1834, by the venerated Bishop Ryder, who generously bestowed upon it a service of communion plate. The church yard contains rather more than two acres of land, and is enclosed with a low wall, to which the appendage of an iron railing is at present wanting.
The Rev. James Ralph, B.A., is the incumbent, whose stipend arises from the pew-rents, producing at present about £220 per annum only, but capable of yielding an income of near £600.
Under the provisions of the Stoke Rectory Act, mentioned hereafter, Shelton will probably, at no distant day, become a district Rectory.
Table of Marriages, Baptisms, and Burials at the Church of St. Mark, in Shelton, from the commencement of the Registers.
The late rector, Dean Woodhouse, gave £1000, to be applied, with its accumulations, to the erection of a parsonage-house to this church, which remains yet unappropriated. He likewise settles £3000, for the permanent support of the several national schools within the parish of Stoke, in the advantage of which Shelton participates.
The township of Shelton contains 995 acres, of which Sir Thomas Fenton Boughey, Bart.; Lawrence Armitstead Esq.; and Josiah Wedgwood, Esq., are the largest landed proprietors. Messrs. John Ridgway; William Ridgway; Charles Meigh; George Paddock, and others, are considerable proprietors of mixed property."
"The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent" - John Ward, 1843
St. Mark's Church, corner of Broad Street and College Road, Shelton
Shelton Church Hall 1915
Shelton Church Hall on the corner of Rectory Road and Bedford Road
The Rectory to Shelton Church (St. Mark's) - on Rectory Road
Listed building details for St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's 'Grand Tour'
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