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St. Luke's Primary School, Hanley

Wellington Road
Heritage No.
10033 A
Date Listed
05 January 1998
Building: St. Luke's Church of England aided Primary School; Infant Building
Location: STOKE ON TRENT Wellington Road, Hanley
Description:  School, 1893 with later addition c.1960-1969, Reddish brown brick 

St. Luke's Church of England Infant School
St. Luke's Church of England Infant School

photo: © Brian Peach  April 2001

School. 1893 with later addition to right c1960-1969.

Designed by the architects to the Hanley School Board, R. Scrivener and Sons of Hanley; contractors, T. Godwin and Sons of Hanley.

Interior  tiles probably by Minton Hollins.

Reddish brown brick in Flemmish bond with moulded blue brick copings to plinth and string course, moulded terracotta tile dresssings to caves and stacks, ashlar voussoirs and pargetting in gables; plane tile roofs that to front central range is hipped to left with glazing to hall roof; tall brick stacks with moulded cornices to angles between ranges at frontand to rear. Vernacular Revival style. Occupies a sloping site. Plan: central main hall surrounded by classrooms expressed as central single storey range with a lower one-and-a-half storey range to front and single tall storey on basement to rear, all between ranges at right angles to main block to either side with single tall storey to front and on basement to rear. Front has three bays: 1-4-1; the outer bays break forward (that to left more prominently) and have gables with pargetting, that to left incorporating inscription H.S.B. (Hanley School Board); centre range with two gabled attic roof dormers with similar pargetting.

Entrance off centre left in angled porch has 8-panel door with divided fanlight and surround with voussoirs. End ranges have wide tall tripartite windows that to left has three 6/6 sashes with pilaster strips between, and divided wide cambered arched multi-pane overlight and voussoirs to arch. To right a central pair of 4/6 sashes with fanlight with central circular glazing bars between narrow tall 4/6 sashes with fanlights all with voussoirs. Central range has 4/4 sashes and 3/3 sash all with blind fanlights with pargetting and arches with keystones, another 1/1 sash. Casement windows to attics. Left and rear elevations have similar tripartite windows and gables with pargetting, one to rear incorporating date.

Interior: extensive use of fine tiling to dado in entrance hall, main hall and classrooms with cream, buff, white, dark red, brown, and dark green glazes. The dado incorporates panels of embossed tiles with a variety of patterns and is surmounted by moulded tiles; the tiles have been close set without grout. Above the dado to the main hall on two sides are glazed partition walls with panes of coloured glass; sliding part glazed doors to classrooms. The main hall has 8 bays and a part glazed roof with false hammer beam collar truss with upper king strut. Clerestory lights between some classrooms. Classrooms retain fitted slate boards in moulded tile surrounds and fitted cupboards with 4-panel doors. Tobins inlet ventilators to some rooms. To attics are gas jets. The school was close to the Minton factory.

Many of the tiles are similar in design to those illustrated in the Minton China Works catalogue, c1880-1890. The school interior retains an unusually fine collection of embossed tiles. It was originally known as the Wellington County Infants’ School.


rear elevations with gables with pargetting, this one to rear incorporating date
rear elevations with gables with pargetting,
 this one to rear incorporating date

tripartite windows and gables with pargetting
tripartite windows and gables with pargetting


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