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Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and Presbytery

A Grade II Listed Building in Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.7625 / 50°45'44"N

Longitude: -1.2993 / 1°17'57"W

OS Eastings: 449517

OS Northings: 96109

OS Grid: SZ495961

Mapcode National: GBR 89R.2BJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 8752.7NL

Plus Code: 9C2WQP62+X7

Entry Name: Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and Presbytery

Listing Date: 9 August 1979

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1223731

English Heritage Legacy ID: 419558

ID on this website: 101223731

Location: St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Cowes

Built-Up Area: Cowes

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: West Cowes Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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West Cowes
Church of St Thomas
of Canterbury and
SZ 4996 SE 1/103
Roman Catholic. Built in 1796-7 by Mrs Elizabeth Heneage who was also responsible
for building the Roman Catholic Church at Newport. Architect the Rev Thomas
Gabb. Builder Thomas Young of Portsea. Built of yellow brick. Five bays
with a buttress between each. Cornice and parapet. The north easternmost
bay is blank but has a porch with Ionic columns and pediment. Doorcase with
pilasters, segmental fanlight and 6-panelled double doors. Bellcote above.
The other bays contain round-headed windows of 2 lights with stone mullions
and transoms. The south-westernmost bay forms the Presbytery, which is under
the same roof span as the church. This is of 3 storeys and has one window
facing the street. Round-headed windows and doorcase with semi-circular fanlight.
The interior contains a wooden organ gallery supported on Tuscan columns and
altar wall having triglyph and paterae cornice on giant Doric pilasters and
a round-headed arch in the centre flanked by putti. This is a very early date
for a Roman Catholic Church. In the early C19 it is said to have been served
by 2 chaplains of Napoleon's Foreign Legion.

Listing NGR: SZ4951796109

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