We have our parish church which is dedicated to St James.
If you frequent The Grapes public house you will have seen the church and if you visit the church you will know of the pub.
Don’t let the landlord Wilfred Frank Duckworth, put you off going to church just because the vicar would not have you going to the pub.
There has been a church on this site for more than 1000 years, in the year 1288 a small chapel was built to replace the original one, at a cost of £26-13s-6d.
That was replaced in 1558 by a new chapel which gave the village its new name, Newchapel.
Then in 1766 it was replaced by a more modern chapel which was quite a bit bigger than the previous ones.
The current building was erected in 1880 at a cost of £2,675.
There is seating for 300 persons and the western turret houses a single bell.
In the church yard lies the grave of James Brindley, the man responsible for the building of our canals and other outstanding engineering feats.
James did not have a formal education but despite that he did very well, his engineering projects should last for many years to come.
James died at Turnhurst on the 30th September 1772.
Our vicar is the Reverend John Francis Hewitt M.A. who studied at Hatfield Hall Durham.
The Reverend holds the register of baptisms and burials.
Baptism records date back to 1723 and marriages 1845.
He lives just around the corner in the vicarage which was erected in 1848.
The sexton, Joseph Heath is the vicar’s right hand man, he is responsible for upkeep of the grounds and buildings including the digging of graves.
Ralph Sneyd is the Lord of the Manor, he rules over most of the North Staffordshire area.
His fellow prominent citizens are, Viscount Sidmouth and Robert Heath.
The general soil content seems to be clay which is fine for those who own the brickworks but not for those who wish to grow vegetables in their gardens.
The chief farming crops are wheat and beans with some pasture for the dairy herds.
Most of the local men work either at the Robert Heath or Birchenwood colleries, some work on the land and a few travel to work in the Potteries.
It looks like there is to be a national strike by the miners very soon.
Times are hard now so God help us if that goes ahead.
The parish is made up of the villages of, Thursfield, Wedgwood, Brieryhurst, Stadsmorslow, Great Chell, Little Chell, Pitts Hill, Fegg Hayes, Harrisehead, Whitehill, Packmoor, Brindley Ford and Newchapel.
The census of 1901 said that the population of the civil parish was 3,660 and the ecclesiastical, St James parish was 6,605.
I will tell you more about the other villages at a later date.
If you carry on past the vicarage and down the road which we call Jack Bank, you will arrive at the Goldenhill and Newchapel railway station on the Potteries Loop Line.
There are few houses in the hollow by the station, this area is known as Colclough, it is only a short walk from there up to the village of Goldenhill.
Going the other way, as you leave the church and go past the pub, the meeting rooms for the church are on the corner.
On the opposite corner to the meeting rooms is the Newchapel Methodist Church.
There are quite a few businesses in the village, probably just enough to make us self-sufficient for our basic needs.
Fried fish shop, Frederick W Edwards.
Milliners, Misses Kate & Gertrude Hammond.
Butcher, John Hancock.
Grocer, John S W Harding.
Hairdresser, Oliver Harper.
Insurance agent, John Henry Hollinshead.
Butcher, Joseph Hudson.
Beer retailer, John Kirkham.
Grocer, James Lowe.
Post Office, Allen Pearson.
Clog maker, Joseph Pool.
Carpenter, Henry Roberts.
The Tunstall Building Society, John T Stainer.
Grocer, Miss Mary Turner.
Confectioner, George Woolley.
The public houses are thus, The Grapes, Wilfred Frank Duckworth, The Manor House, Reuben Lockett and The Royal Oak, Charles Wildblood.
The local farmers are, Arthur F Chadwick, Amos Lawton, Jacob Myatt, Abraham Pointon, Thomas Sherratt and Henry Steadman.
The Post Office, managed by Allen Pearson who is also our local cabinet maker receives letter post twice daily at 7-00 am and 4-30 pm.
Outgoing mail is dispatched at 9-50 am and 6-55 pm, the Sunday arrival and dispatch is at 7-00 am and 12-50 pm.
The nearest telegraph office is at Goldenhill just a mile and a half away, not to worry the people there are very friendly.
The Robert Heath & Sons Ltd colliery is managed by Mr F. E. Buckley.
Below, is the link to the site where this information was obtained.
They are trade directories covering most of the UK from the early1800s to the early 1900s.
The history of St James church.
Compiled & contributed by davew