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Church of St Thomas

A Grade II Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.0461 / 54°2'46"N

Longitude: -2.7994 / 2°47'57"W

OS Eastings: 347753

OS Northings: 461424

OS Grid: SD477614

Mapcode National: GBR 8PWN.QB

Mapcode Global: WH846.ZK3J

Plus Code: 9C6V26W2+F6

Entry Name: Church of St Thomas

Listing Date: 13 March 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195066

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383257

ID on this website: 101195066

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

Tagged with: Church building Gothic Revival

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1685-1/8/224 (East side)
Church of St Thomas


Parish church. 1840-41. By Edmund Sharpe, with a chancel and
steeple of 1852-53 by Sharpe and Paley. Coursed squared
sandstone and ashlar, and slate roofs with plain parapets to
the gables and eaves. Aisled nave of 6 bays, under 3 separate
pitched roofs, with a single-bay western nave extension
forming a full-height narthex. 2-bay chancel and a steeple in
the angle between the north aisle and chancel. Early English
Revival style.
The west front has 5 tall stepped lancets with a continuous
hoodmould, and below these a triple doorway with 2-centred
moulded arches without capitals, set under a triplet of
stepped gables, each pierced with a trefoil; the central one
cuts across the string course at the base of the windows. To
either side are clasping buttresses with 2 offsets, these rise
into square and then octagonal arcaded turrets, capped with a
The return walls have a single lancet, and the west walls of
the aisles have a triplet of stepped lancets with clasping
buttresses on the external angles. The aisle walls have 6
triplets of tall stepped lancets between buttresses. The
chancel has 2 bays with single lancets on the south side and a
triplet of tall stepped lancets at the east end, each under a
separate hoodmould. At the east end of the south aisle is a
2-light window with plate tracery of 2 trefoiled lancets below
a quatrefoil.
The steeple has a square tower of 2 stages, with clasping
buttresses and a stair turret projecting from its north-west
corner. Above the level of the aisle it is octagonal, and each
face of the belfry stage has a pair of trefoiled sub-arches
set under a heavily-moulded 2-centred arch; on the cardinal
faces the sub-arches have louvres. The spire is octagonal,
with 2 tiers of lucarnes on the cardinal faces, a finial and
an iron cross.
INTERIOR: the galleries on the north, south and west sides are
carried on quatrefoil cast-iron columns with brackets above
the capitals; a second tier of columns above the panelled
front of the galleries supports an arcade-plate from which the
roof trusses spring; in both nave and aisles these have
scissor-beams and kingposts, 2 purlins and windbraces, all of
thin cross section. The tall chancel arch (of 1852) is deeply
moulded and carried on 2 orders of ringed shafts; the triple
lancets of the east window are deeply splayed and also have
ringed shafts and a linked hoodmould. The roof has
closely-spaced and thin trusses, in which the arched braces,
joined at their head by a sort of collar purlin, are arranged
to give a pointed trefoil outline.
HISTORY: the church was established after disputes about the
services at the Parish Church of St Mary (qv), and was built
by subscription. A district was assigned to it in 1844, and it
was consecrated in 1845.

Listing NGR: SD4775361424

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