History of the Church and Parish
The parish was originally part of the Church of England parish of Wolstanton, before Tunstall became a parish in its own right.
Christ Church was initially built in 1831–2; £3,000 of the total cost was provided by parliamentary grant and the remaining £1,000 by private subscription. The burial ground was given by Ralph Sneyd, a local landowner.
The church is built of Chell-Hollington stone and was designed by Francis Bedford in a mixture of Gothic styles, the windows being single or paired lancets and the tower being surmounted by an embattled parapet, angle pinnacles, and an octagonal spire (which was removed in 1971 as it was unsafe). Originally there was a small chancel and the nave had galleries on three sides.
Christ Church was consecrated on the 14th August 1832, by Bishop Ryder, the Bishop of Lichfield.
In 1885–6 extensions were made at the east end of the church to the design of A. R. Wood at a cost of £4,060. They included two shallow transepts and a larger chancel flanked by The Lady Chapel and by an organ chamber. The clock in the tower was given by the parishioners in 1916. The single bell of 1833 was replaced in 1856 by a peal of six bells; two more were added early in the 20th century, and the whole peal was rehung in 1916. The spire became unsafe and was removed in 1971.
S. John's, Goldenhill in 2013
S. John's Goldenhill
The church of S. John the Evangelist at Goldenhill was built in 1840–1 at a cost of £2,000 in a Byzantine Romanesque style. The architect was
'Mr. Stanley of Shelton'. The building consists of a wide nave with an organ gallery at its west end, a very small projecting chancel, and a spired west tower. A vestry was added south of the tower in 1880, then removed and replaced by an octagonal vestry north of the tower in 1891.
In 2010 the former parishes of Goldenhill and Tunstall were combined to create a new single parish.
S. John's closed in 2013 due to its dwindling congregation and
Christ Church is now the parish church for the Church of England Parish of Goldenhill and Tunstall.
Drone Footage of Christ Church
Please watch the video below to see the exterior and interior of
Christ Church, Tunstall.