Facilities and features
Two unisex toilets, one of which is suitable for wheelchair us.
In the unisex disabled toilet facility at the back of the church.
Street parking is available in the vicinity of the Church. Additional parking may be accessible in the Village Hall opposite the church, subject to availability.
A mobile ramp is kept in the building and can easily be placed in position upon request.
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St Thomas the Apostle Church is a Grade II listed building (Date of Listing 19 April 1972, Heritage Number 111A) in a traditional Early English Gothic style. The church is a landmark as it stands on raised ground to the west of Stoke with a spire that is visible for a considerable distance.
It was built in 1842 with significant funding from Revd Thomas Webb Minton, son of the founder of Minton Pottery, from a design by George Gilbert Scott of Scott & Moffatt. The church was consecrated on 12th October 1842. There are certain features of note within the building including the Regimental Window dedicated, on 20th September 1959, in memory of the men of the 292nd Army field company, Royal Engineers who did not return home after the Second World War, and the Rood Screen and Choir Stalls in memory of Penkhull men who gave their lives during the First World War. The Chancel floor is tiled with Minton tiles.
Music and Worship
Occasional concerts are held in the church which also hosts the Penkhull Music & Arts Festival annually in September each year.
The church houses an organ that was rebuilt by Comptoms in 1948 at which time it was converted to electric action. The original builder is unknown. More information can be found at www.comptonorgans.yolasite.com
Groups, Courses and Activities
Meets on Monday evenings (6pm) in the Village Hall
Meets Tuesday evenings in church at 7.30, currently suspended because of illness.
Meets Tuesday mornings in the Village Hall
Help for Visitors
The church is located in a conservation area. It is a dominant and important feature of the area as it is highly visible over the treetops with no other tall buildings in the vicinity and has been described as the most visually and architecturally significant building in the Conservation Area (Penkhull Village Conservation Area Appraisal March 2008, Stoke on Trent City Council).