"The parish church, St Modwen, stands in the southern part of the town, in a spacious burial ground, upon a gentle eminence, adjoining the Trent and the Abbey grounds. It is a large and neat edifice, in the Italian style, with a fine tower, and was built in 1720, on the site of the ancient Abbey church. The benefice is a perpetual curacy but is now called a vicarage, and the Marquis of Anglesey is patron, and the Rev Samuel Steed, MA, the incumbent.
Holy Trinity church, in Horninglow Street, was erected in 1824, as a chapel of ease for the northern part of the town, and the hamlets of Horninglow, Stretton, Wetmore, and Winshill, which have lately been annexed to it as a separate ecclesiastical district. It is a handsome fabric, in the florid Gothic style. The Marquis of Anglesey is patron of the perpetual curacy, and the Rev Peter French, MA, the incumbent.
Stretton church is a small brick building, erected in 1841/2 as a chapel of ease to Holy Trinity church, to which its curacy is annexed.
Christ Church, in New Street, in the south-western part of the town, is an elegant cruciform structure, in the early English style, with a tower and spire at the north end. It was built in 1843/4 for a district of the parish comprising about 2,600 souls. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Burton, and incumbency of the Rev William Morgan.
There are in the town five dissenting places of worship. The Independent Chapel, in High Street, occupies the site of a Nonconformist meeting house, which was formed out of two dwellings, for the congregation of the Rev Thomas Bakewell, who was ejected from the Rolleston rectory in 1661. The present handsome Gothic structure was erected on the site in 1842. The Wesleyan Chapel, in Horninglow Street, occupies the site of one built in 1766, and was erected in 1813. Salem Chapel, in Station Street, belongs to the Particular Baptists, and was erected in 1803. The General Baptist Chapel, in Burton-Extra, was built in 1825, and the Primitive Methodist Chapel, in Station Street, was erected in 1829.
Branstone has a neat Independent Chapel, built in 1834. Horninglow has a Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1843, and Winshill also has a small Wesleyan Chapel."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)
"All Saints is an ecclesiastical parish, formed May 4th 1898. The church, in Branstone Road, erected in 1903-5 at a cost of £30,000, defrayed by Sir WAH Bass, Bart, JP, is a building of stone in the Late Decorated style, consisting of a nave, aisles, western narthex, south porch and a tower on the north side, 120 feet high and containing one bell, hung in 1908. The east window is stained; there are sittings for 800 persons. The register dates from the year 1898. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, and held since 1897 by the Rev Edwyn Gilmour, of St Bees.
St Paul's is an ecclesiastical parish, formed September 2nd, 1873. The church, in St Paul's Square, at the west end of the town, completed in 1874, was built and presented by the late Michael Thomas Bass, esq, at a total cost of about £56,000, including the vicarage and endowment. It is a noble cruciform ediface of stone, in the Early Decorated Style, consisting of a chancel with aisles, lofty naves, transept, sacristy and a massive central tower, containing 8 bells. The register dates from the year 1874. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Dowager Lady Burton, and held since 1901 by the Rev Joseph John Gabbett Stockley, MA, of Trinity College, Dublin."
[From Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, Kelly's Directories, London, 1912)
Postcard of All Saints Church c1905.
Postcard of St Paul's Church c1905.
Postcard of St Paul's Church South Transept c1919.