Jul 15

History & Heritage

St Thomas's is as old as the city of Salisbury, and God is still worshipped here after eight hundred years.

We are still privileged to serve the city in all its diversity, though the church has been through many changes down the years. It was initially a wooden structure, believed to have been built for those working on the new Cathedral. Most of the building you see today dates to the fifteenth century, while the internal ordering of the Church is largely Victorian. St Thomas's has always been the church of the City, and the painted badges of the guilds are still visible in the medieval wall paintings of the Lady Chapel.

Visitors are drawn immediately to the 'Doom' painting above the chancel arch, perhaps St Thomas's most famous single feature. It is the largest and most complete still surviving in the UK. Painted over in 1593, in the latter part of the Reformation, the painting was uncovered and restored in 1881.

Maintaining and restoring this historic church is an ongoing process, and support is always welcome in any form. If you wish to be more involved, whether you live locally or at a distance, the Friends of St Thomas's exists to promote the interests of this beautiful building. 

Visitors can spend time reading more about the church as they enjoy its peace and beauty, but if you can't make it to see us just yet, further reading is available here:

  A Brief History of St Thomas's Church

  'The Building of St Thomas's Church' by local archaeologist, Tim Tatton-Brown

  The Medieval Doom Painting

  A Contemplative Walk around the church

The Alchemist at St Thomas's Church by Alan J Crooks

 

 

Upcoming Events

Morning Prayer- Canterbury room, St Thomas's House
Date 20th Jan 20: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Holy Communion Canterbury Room, St Thomas's House
Date 20th Jan 20: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Morning Prayer- Canterbury room, St Thomas's House
Date 21st Jan 20: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Cafe - Canterbury Room, St Thomas's House
Date 21st Jan 20: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Praying Together Sarum Room, St Thomas's House
Date 21st Jan 20: 10:00 am - 10:30 am