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Church of St Thomas the Martyr

A Grade I Listed Building in Up Holland, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.5404 / 53°32'25"N

Longitude: -2.721 / 2°43'15"W

OS Eastings: 352312

OS Northings: 405106

OS Grid: SD523051

Mapcode National: GBR 9WFH.PL

Mapcode Global: WH86S.58JP

Plus Code: 9C5VG7RH+5H

Entry Name: Church of St Thomas the Martyr

Listing Date: 7 January 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201666

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388993

Location: Up Holland, West Lancashire, Lancashire, WN8

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Up Holland

Built-Up Area: Wigan

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Up Holland St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

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Listing Text


783-1/7/31 (East side)
07/01/52 Church of St Thomas the Martyr


Parish church, the nave formerly the chancel of the
Benedictine Priory of Up Holland founded in 1317-18 by Walter
Lang, Bishop of Lichfield. Early C14 nave with north and south
aisles (restored C19), late C15 west tower, chancel of 1882-6,
with crypt. Coursed rubble; slate roofs.
The tower, of 4 unequal stages, with diagonal buttresses which
have 8 set-offs, has a low 2-centred arched west doorway with
3 orders of hollow moulding containing masks, shields, figures
and Tudor roses; a large C19 2-centred arched 3-light west
window with reticulated tracery; a drip-band, and 2-light
belfry windows with stone louvres, a short top stage with
clock faces, a drip-band over this with grotesques, and an
embattled parapet with corner pinnacles; and, in the angle of
the north side, a low Tudor-arched doorway with chamfered
The junction of the north aisle and the tower incorporates a
redundant quatrefoil pier of the former crossing, and to the
left of this a 2-centred arched 4-light window with C19
intersecting tracery. The 4-bay aisles have large buttresses
and 2-centred arched C19 windows with reticulated tracery, and
similar windows at the east end.
The chancel is 2 bays over a crypt, with a short extruded
polygonal stair-turret down to the crypt, flanked by low
2-light windows to the crypt and transomed 2-light windows
above; its east end has 2 doorways to the crypt, and a large
5-light east window with elaborate reticulated tracery
including a rose composed of mouchettes and quatrefoils.
INTERIOR: 4-bay aisle arcades of quatrefoil columns with
moulded annular caps and 2-centred arches with 2 orders of
rounded chamfer and hoodmoulds with carved stops; 2-centred
tower moulded in 3 orders with moulded impost bands; large
2-centred chancel arch moulded in 3 orders; C20 ceilings; 2
painted hatchments in each aisle, painted wooden Commandment
Table and 2 painted wooden benefaction lists in south aisle,
and painted Arms of George I in north aisle.
At west end of nave, a fine Church Wardens' pew dated 1679,
with muntin-and-rail panelling and top rail with raised
of tower, a Church Wardens' cupboard dated 1720 with
shouldered fielded panel doors, the lintel inscribed: "Thomas
Prescott Lawrence Eaton/ Wardens 1720" and both doors with
inscribed scriptural quotations relating to charity.
Forms group with stone piers and lamp at foot of steps (qv),
Conservative Club to south-west (qv), remains of former Up
Holland Priory (qv) and No.7, Priory House (qv) to south.

Listing NGR: SD5231005106

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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