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SUNDAY MASS 9.30 AM
Welcome to St Paul's online. It would be wonderful to see you in person. Sunday Solemn Mass is at 0930. Weekday masses are every Tuesday at 0930 and every Friday at 1230.
This magnificent church in Saint Paul's Square, next to the Town Hall, is a family-friendly church with a warm welcome for all. We are firmly in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, and the 9.30 Sunday Mass is celebrated with traditional ritual and music to engage all the senses. Preaching links Holy Scripture and theology to human life in the 21st century.
The church, normally open Mondays to Fridays 12 noon to 2 pm as well as for regular services, is a short walk from the railway station in one direction and the Trent and Mersey canal in the other. We are delighted to see holidaymakers. There are social events and courses, and the hall provides a home for a variety of community programmes.
The 123' tower is one of the tallest buildings in the town, and clearly visible to travellers on the A38 and the railway. Burton, in the English County of Staffordshire, is Britain's brewing capital, and legend has it that the first Lord Burton of the Bass brewing family, who built Saint Paul's, hoped the church would become a cathedral when Burton was made a city. It never happened.
Since 1 November 2005, Saint Paul’s has been part of a single parish with Saint Aidan, Shobnall. The parish is served by the Vicar, Fr Stanley Monkhouse, also Vicar of Saint Modwen's, the Parish Church of Burton, with the assistance of Fr Pete Orton, Fr Phillip Jefferies and Dr Robin Trotter (Reader).
Christening (Baptism) can be done during the 0930 Sunday service or at other times by arrangement. You can contact the Vicar through this website, but at some point you will need to meet him in person: come to the Vicarage any Tuesday between 1700 and 1900 without appointment, or make an appointment for another time. You don't have to be married to have your child baptized, though the Vicar will be happy to officiate at your wedding if possible. There is no charge for baptism but we ask for a contribution towards the cost of running the church.
Contact the Vicar. You can come to the Vicarage any Tuesday between 1700 and 1900 without appointment, or make an appointment for another time. Or you can in the first instance email or phone - details elsewhere on this website. Marriage is governed by law, and you normally need to live in the parish, or have a qualifying connexion (see the Church of England weddings website). Talk to the Vicar who will do all he can to help.
Historic records for Saint Paul's have been deposited at Staffordshire Record Office, where they are available for consultation by the public. These consist of the parish registers of baptisms 1874-1967, marriages 1874-1977 and banns of marriage 1892-1946 and 1973-1983. More recent records remain with the church. Please contact the record office in the first instance.
St Paul's was designed by J M Teale of Doncaster and E B Denison, later Lord Grimthorpe. It is a cruciform building in the Geometrical Gothic style with a three bay chancel with aisles, a five bay nave with aisles, north and south transepts and a square central tower that houses a ring of ten bells.
Between 1889 and 1901 the chancel and south transept were enriched by George Frederick Bodley who did much work in the area (notably Holy Angels Hoar Cross and St Chad's Burton). He adapted the south chancel aisle for use as a chapel, added a sacristy on the north side, and an internal porch at the south transept door. The chancel and sanctuary roof were painted to Bodley's design, and a canopy was added above the original large circular stone pulpit. The organ cases, one in the chancel and one high in the south transept, are both by Bodley. The chancel floor was relaid with red and white marble. The original reredos (now in St Christopher's, Ellistown) was replaced by one designed by Robert Bridgeman that depicted the Crucifixion in a central panel of red shawk stone surrounded by the saints.
A western narthex was added in 1910 as a memorial to Baron Burton, who had died the previous year. A calvary war memorial was erected in the churchyard in 1920 and a bishop's chair of stone was built into the sanctuary wall in 1931. The two west bays of the nave and the narthex were converted into a church hall in 1979 and at the same time several items were added from the former chapel of ease of St Margaret, including a wooden lectern by Morris and Co, a painting of the Crucifixion which was placed by the south door, and statues of Alpha and Omega which were added to the south chancel aisle chapel.
The church is a wonderful example of Victorian ecclesiastical art and architecture, and an ideal setting for richly ordered worship.
In 1894-5 the original three manual organ by William Hill & Sons of London was replaced by a four manual organ, one of the first to be built by the Hope-Jones Electric Organ Company Ltd. The Hope-Jones organ was itself replaced in 1985 when parts were removed to the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust's museum in Manchester. The Hill organ was moved to Trinity Methodist Church, in George Street in 1896, and then in 2012 to Sankt-Afra-Kirche in the Berlin suburb of Gesundbrunnen.
The church now contains an organ formerly in Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield. It is in the north chancel aisle and its specification can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. The south transept organ case is empty apart from a few large pipes from an earlier instrument.
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