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Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Stoke


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Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Stoke Church - the Glebe land:

Glebe Street in the town centre of Stoke is only a few hundred yards long but contains 14 'listed buildings' (although some are not buildings but tombstones in the church yard)  and Brook Street, which runs off Glebe Street contained 5 'listed buildings'.

Why the name - Glebe Street?
In the past, parishes were maintained out of the land attached to the church (the glebe) and the revenues from the faithful....   Rectors were not salaried, but held property in the parish as their "living". 


Glebe Street looking towards Church Street.

  • Just visible on the far right is the edge of the City Civic Centre.

  • "The Glebe" is the Glebe public house and hotel.

  • Just visible past the Glebe, on the pavement, are the bollards which mark Aqueduct Street.

  • The old Town Hall occupies the centre of the right hand side of the street.

  • Past the Town Hall, at the bottom of the right hand side is a block of 15 shops.

  • On the left of the photograph are the buildings which occupy Brook Street.

  • Just visible at the bottom left of Glebe Street are the trees which surround St. Peter's Church.

The map below shows part of the glebe estate, land belonging to the church. This estate comprised over 150 acres with a third of the land in the township of Penkhull, a third in Shelton (north of the Fowlea Brook) and a third in Fenton (east of the River Trent).

The church and the rector's house (Stoke Hall) stood on moated sites which provided protection not only from attackers but also from the river which periodically flooded the meadow land in the valley bottom.

This map is undated but it is between 1800 and 1826. 1800 is when the Newcastle Canal (shown on the map) was completed and 1826 which is when work on the new church was started. The streets around the new church (Glebe Street, Wharf Street and Brook Street) were laid out in 1830 and are also not shown on this map.


The Glebe Land belonging to Stoke Church c.1800-1826



Fenton (Glebe) collieries Ltd. (1865-1964). 

This colliery derives its name from its association with the glebe lands of the parish church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Stoke. 
The road alongside the location of this colliery is now called Glebedale Road


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December 2007