The name "Stoke" comes from an Old English word meaning "a place", signifying a holy place. A Saxon cross survives in the churchyard, suggesting that this was an ancient sacred site. The first wooden Church was replaced in the year 805. Early 19th Century illustrations of Stoke Old Church show a stone-built structure which mostly dates from the 13th Century, with the addition of a 14th Century tower. Gargpyles from this church were later incorporated in a terrace of houses in the adjacent Brook Street.
By the 1820's Stoke Church was no longer large enough to accommodate its growing congregation. In 1826 the foundations were laid for the present Church, to be finally consecrated in 1830. The graves of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) and Josiah Spode I (1733-1797) can both be found in the churchyard. #Church #St_Peters #Stoke