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Stoke Library

The Minton's were another influential family of potters, whose name today is well known and associated with finely decorated porcelain and the distinctive floor tiles to be found in countless Victorian houses and which are still produced today.

The Minton family gifted several substantial buildings to the community: Herbert Minton endowed the Church of the Holy Trinity in 1842, and in 1852 built day schools behind the church; his brother Rev Thomas Webb Minton built St Thomas's Church in Penkhull also in 1842; Herbert Minton donated £500 to the public baths in London Road in 1856 which became the Herbert Minton Memorial Building after his death 2 years later; the library and Shakespeare institute in London Road was built in 1878 on a site donated by Colin Minton Campbell, with costs subscribed by Thomas William Minton.

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