On the 24th March, 1845, a vestry meeting was held to consider the formation of the parish of St. Luke, in Bilston, with a parish church in Pinfold Street. The idea was well received and so the scheme was proposed to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, on the 20th April. This resulted in an order dated the 8th August, 1845 that allowed the formation of the new parish, which was formed on the 3rd September 1845.

Mr. Edward Pugh, Treasurer of the Local Board of Health, gave £1,500 to the Commissioners towards the setting up of the church, including £50 annually for the vicar's salary. The vicar would be nominated by Edward Pugh and the vicars of Wolverhampton, Winchester, Saltley and Islington. The church was built on the corner of Market Street and Pinfold Street.

St. Luke's Church and school. From an old postcard.

The location of the church, school and vicarage.

St. Luke's chapel of ease, was built of stone in the Early English style, in 1852, at a cost of £4,825, including the vicarage and a school. The church consisted of a chancel with an organ chamber, a nave, aisles, a south porch and a tower on the south side with an octagonal spire containing one bell. The building could seat 450 people.
The Rev. William Prosser M.A., was vicar from 1880 until 1911. His family paid for the church organ, which was built in 1882 and dedicated to the vicar's mother, Sophia Amelia Prosser. The church interior was restored in 1884 at a cost of £500. The work included the fitting of a new font that was given by the Rev. William Prosser's father. After William Prosser's death in 1917, his widow gave a carved oak lectern to the church.

Another view of the church and school from an old postcard. Courtesy of David Clare.

St. Luke's football team. 1909 - 1910 season. The gentleman on the extreme left on the front row, looks very much like the Rev. William Prosser. Courtesy of David Clare.

From Kelly's 1912 Staffordshire Directory.

From Kelly's 1912 Staffordshire Directory.

A description of the church school from Kelly's 1912 Staffordshire Directory.

In 1934 the spire became unsafe and was removed. The church survived until closure in 1969, and demolition in 1973.

The following photos of the church, taken during demolition, were kindly sent by David Clare and were taken by Mary Rosewarne.

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