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St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath
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St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath, from the southeast
Coordinates: 53°22′20″N 2°34′57″W / 53.3723°N 2.5825°W / 53.3723; -2.5825
OS grid reference SJ 614 864
Location Stockton Heath, Warrington, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Thomas' and St Mary Magdalene's
History
Status Parish church
Dedication St Thomas
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 23 December 1983
Architect(s) E. G. Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1868
Specifications
Materials Sandstone,
Westmorland slate roofs
Administration
Parish St Thomas, Stockton Heath
Deanery Great Budworth
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Rev Michael Ridley
Assistant priest(s) Rev Monica Thomson
Laity
Churchwarden(s) Sheila Barton & Mel Wilson

St Thomas' Church is in Stockton Heath, to the south of Warrington, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Great Budworth.

History

The present church was built in 1868 on the site of a former church that had been erected in 1838. It was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley, the main benefactor being Sir Gilbert Greenall. The tower was added later although a full set of bells were not installed until 2016. The current ring of 10 bells consists of 8 bells donated from St. John the Baptist, Bollington supplemented with two new trebles cast by John Taylor & Co. A campaign to keep a tolling bell dating from 1883 dedicated to the wife of John Crosfield (son of Joseph Crosfield) took place in an attempt to retain the bell locally.

Architecture

It is constructed in pinkish-red sandstone with Westmorland slate roofs. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave with a south aisle under a parallel ridged roof, a south porch, a north transept, a north vestry, a two-bay chancel and a west tower. The tower is in four stages with an octagonal southeast turret and an embattled parapet.

The chancel is decorated with richly coloured patterned tilework and the reredos is of marble and embossed patterned tiles. The organ was built around 1880 by Young and Sons and rebuilt in 1963 by Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool.

External features

The churchyard contains the war graves of 31 service personnel, 17 from World War I and 14 from World War II.

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