Monday, 17 October 2011

Smallest church

St Saviour’s is (was) a tiny church, hidden down a back-lane in the district of Rookery, in Kidsgrove. It’s one of those ‘tin churches’ that were hastily thrown up to care for the needs of expanding working-class populations in the late nineteenth century.

I’m willing to bet it’s the smallest in Staffordshire. The rows are only four chairs long! I guess it would hold forty people.

However, it had its last service last month, so its history is finished.
A preservation group may be set up to save it, but – unless it’s seen as part of working-class history – I can’t see why. It was only ever meant to be temporary, like all 'tin churches'.

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