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St Thomas' Church, Lydiate

Coordinates: 53°32′39″N 2°57′45″W / 53.5443°N 2.9624°W / 53.5443; -2.9624
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St Thomas' Church, Lydiate
St Thomas' Church, Lydiate, from the southeast
St Thomas' Church, Lydiate is located in Merseyside
St Thomas' Church, Lydiate
St Thomas' Church, Lydiate
Location in Merseyside
53°32′39″N 2°57′45″W / 53.5443°N 2.9624°W / 53.5443; -2.9624
OS grid referenceSD 363 057
LocationChurch Lane, Lydiate, Sefton, Merseyside
WebsiteSt Thomas, Lydiate
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated11 October 1968
Architect(s)A. H. Holme (?)
Austin and Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsStone, slate roofs
ParishLydiate and Downholland,
St Thomas

St Thomas' Church is in Church Lane, Lydiate, Sefton, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Ormskirk, the archdeaconry of Warrington, and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice has been combined with that of St Cuthbert, Halsall.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1839 and 1841, and designed probably by A. H. Holme (the builders being S. Holme and Son).[3] At this time it was a chapel of ease to St Cuthbert, Halsall, and it became a separate parish in its own right in 1871.[4] Additions were made to the church in 1912, including the chancel, a south chapel and a north vestry, by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley.[5] These additions cost £6,000 (equivalent to £300,000 in 2023).[4][6]


St Thomas' is constructed in stone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave, a chancel with a south chapel and a north vestry, and a west tower. The tower has pointed doorways on the west and south sides, a north lancet window, a clock face on the south side, and a plain parapet with corner pinnacles. The windows in the nave are lancets. The east window has three lights with Perpendicular tracery. There are two-light windows elsewhere in the chancel and chapel, and three-light windows in the vestry. Inside the church is a west gallery carried on two octagonal iron columns. The nave has a flat ceiling and the chancel a waggon roof. In the chancel is a recess for a sedilia, and an alabaster reredos.[2] In the south window of the chancel is stained glass from 1913.[3]

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  1. ^ St Thomas, Lydiate, Church of England, retrieved 18 August 2012
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Thomas, Lydiate (1343291)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 August 2012
  3. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 517, ISBN 0-300-10910-5
  4. ^ a b History, Parish Church of St. Thomas, Lydiate and Downholland, retrieved 18 August 2012
  5. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 517, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  6. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth, retrieved 7 May 2024