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The Alchemist at St Thomas's Church

Alan Crooks, a member of the Fisherton History Society and a retired Chemistry teacher, had his interest piqued by the plaque by the North Door of St Thomas's, which says,

The North Door which once led to a room above the now destroyed North Porch. At one time an alchemist lived there. Outside you can still see the ruined tower from which he dashed to escape the noxious fumes of his experiments.


Who was this alchemist? When did he live? What was the nature of his experiments? Click below to read more and find out the answers to these questions. Please note that the article is wholly the work of Mr Crooks: St Thomas’s cannot accept responsibility for its content or accuracy.

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The Alchemist of St Thomas's


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