The United Reformed Churches of North Staffordshire

Our History


Congregationalists from the North Staffs area who founded the church in 1837 when land was bought for the building of a chapel. At first, a “tin tabernacle”, seating about 100 people was erected. This was replaced with the present brick building in 1865. Ministers who cared for the chapel mainly came from Hanley.


Little is recorded of events affecting the chapel but in 1996, it was closed as a church. However, the closure lasted for only one year and it re-opened as a Mission Project in December 1997.


Find out more about the history of the Tomkin hamlet and Chapel, and support us, by buying a copy of Irene Turner’s book: available for £12.95 plus £2.00 postage.

Tomkin Chapel

The rugged Staffordshire Moorlands are one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Situated just to the north of the Potteries and Stoke-on-Trent, Tomkin Chapel is between Cheddleton and Stanley in the Moorlands, near near to the historic weaving town of Leek. From the observation point a couple of hundred yards above the Chapel you can see into Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.


Tomkin Chapel is a lively Mission Project of the United Reformed Church in the middle of a beautiful farming area.


We normally meet for worship on the first and third Sundays each month, at 2.30 p.m. and celebrate Holy Communion on the third Sunday. On the second Thursday of each month we hold our Tea and Chat meeting, from 10.00 a.m to 12 noon. All are welcome


In the Spring, we hold a bluebell walk along the Cauldon Canal. In the Summer, we put on a barbeque with locally sourced meat. In the Autumn, there’s our Harvest supper with an auction of local produce. And in the Winter, we go carol singing at the Traveller’s Rest in Stanley. You’re welcome to join us–keep an eye on our Calendar or contact us at: tomkin@urcnorthstaffs.org.uk