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St. Thomas', Dudley
Parish Church of Saint Thomas
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St. Thomas' Church in Dudley, viewed from the North
St. Thomas', Dudley is located in West Midlands county
St. Thomas', Dudley
St. Thomas', Dudley
Location in West Midlands county
52°30′31″N 2°05′12″W / 52.5085°N 2.0866°W / 52.5085; -2.0866
Location Dudley, West Midlands
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Status Parish church
Founded c. 1182
Dedication St Thomas and St Luke
Earlier dedication Thomas Becket
Events Rebuilt in 1815
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II* Listed
Designated 14 September 1949
Architect(s) William Brooks
Style Neo-Gothic
Years built 1815 - 1818
Construction cost £12,650
Materials Bath Stone
Parish Dudley; St. Thomas
& St. Luke
Archdeaconry Dudley
Diocese Worcester
Province Canterbury

The Church of Saint Thomas is a parish church in the town of Dudley, in the West Midlands county in England.

Known locally as 'Top Church', as opposed to the 'Bottom Church' of St. Edmund's, it was originally established in the 12th century, when it was dedicated to Thomas Becket who had been murdered a few years before. The church is mentioned in a Papal Declaration of 1182, which granted it to the nearby Priory of St. James. At some point in its history, the church's dedication changed to the Apostle St Thomas. The current building dates from the 19th century. It was rebuilt in 1815 under an Act of Parliament after the existing building was declared unsafe, for a cost of £12,650.

On 7 September 1940, the Luftwaffe dropped a bomb opposite the front of the church, blowing out most of the windows and leaving shrapnel damage which is still evident today.

The church is in the Anglican Diocese of Worcester, despite the town of Dudley being transferred into the county of Staffordshire in 1966, and later the West Midlands county upon its creation in 1974. The church's original parish, Dudley St. Thomas, was abolished in 1969 to form the current Dudley St. Thomas & St. Luke Ecclesiastical Parish.

The church building was granted Grade II* listed status in 1949.

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