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St Thomas' Church, Lancaster

St Thomas' Church, Lancaster
Architects' drawing 1852–53
St Thomas' Church, Lancaster is located in Lancaster city centre
St Thomas' Church, Lancaster
St Thomas' Church, Lancaster
Location in Lancaster
OS grid reference SD 477,614
Location Marton Street, Lancaster, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Evangelical
Weekly attendance 600
Website St Thomas, Lancaster
Founded 3 March 1840
Dedication St Thomas
Consecrated 14 June 1841
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 13 March 1995
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe,
E. G. Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1840
Completed 1853
Spire height 120 feet (36.6 m)
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish St Thomas, Lancaster
Deanery Lancaster
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Jonathan Scamman
Curate(s) Revd Craig Abbott
Reader(s) Cathleen Dawson
Director of music Martin Walmsley
Churchwarden(s) Philip Hendry,
Anne Gager
Parish administrator David Cumming

St Thomas' Church, Lancaster is located in Marton Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster, the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2]


  • History 1
  • Architecture 2
    • Exterior 2.1
    • Interior 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
    • Citations 4.1
    • Sources 4.2


St Thomas' was built between 1840 and 1841 to a design by the local architect Capernwray Hall, and Elizabeth Salisbury made an endowment of £1,100. As originally planned, the church was intended to seat 1,100 people.[6] The foundation stone was laid on 3 March 1840, the church opened for worship on 14 April 1841, and it was consecrated on 14 June by Rt Revd John Bird Sumner, Bishop of Chester.[5] In 1852–53 Sharpe's successor, E. G. Paley added the northeast steeple and the chancel in a similar architectural style.[3]



The authors of the Buildings of England series state that the church has "a grand approach up steps with imposing gatepiers".[3] It is constructed in sandstone ashlar with slate roofs in Early English style. Its plan consists of a six-bay nave with north and south aisles under three gabled roofs; the nave is extended one bay to the west to form a narthex. At the east end is a two-bay chancel with a steeple in the angle between the north aisle and the chancel. The lower part of the steeple has two square stages, with buttresses and a stair turret. Above the level of the aisle it becomes octagonal with louvred bell openings. The spire is also octagonal, with two tiers of lucarnes, a finial and an iron cross. A plain parapet runs along the tops of the eaves and gables. In the west front are five tall stepped lancet windows under which is a triple doorway. On each side of the front are buttresses that rise up to turrets with finials. There are more lancet windows around the church, with a triple lancet at the east end.[2]


Inside the church are galleries on three sides supported by

  • Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon:  
  • Hartwell, Clare;  
  • Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes 


  1. ^ Lancaster, St Thomas,  
  2. ^ a b c  
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, p. 372.
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ a b Hughes 2010, pp. 171–172.
  6. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 212.
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 216.
  8. ^ Lancashire, Lancaster, St. Thomas, Penny Street (N10686),  



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