St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath
|St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath|
St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath, from the southeast
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|Location||Stockton Heath, Warrington, Cheshire|
|Website||St Thomas' and St Mary Magdalene's|
|Heritage designation||Grade II|
|Designated||23 December 1983|
|Architect(s)||E. G. Paley|
Westmorland slate roofs
|Parish||St Thomas, Stockton Heath|
|Vicar(s)||Rev Michael Ridley|
|Assistant priest(s)||Rev Monica Thomson|
|Churchwarden(s)||Lynda Heesom & Peter Banyard|
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.
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. A tolling bell weighing just over a tonne was donated to the church by John Crosfield (son of Joseph Crosfield) in 1883 in memory of his wife. This bell was removed from the church tower in January 2016 and is currently the focus of a fundraising campaign by Warrington Civic Society with the aim of returning it to the town.
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.
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