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

Unfortunately the doom painting is temporarily obscured by scaffolding. We apologise for this but it was badly in need of stabilising and cleaning so that future visitors can still enjoy seeing it. The scaffolding will come down at the end of October. As a temporary replacement, there is a large display about the painting in the rear left corner of the church, including a high-definition photo of the painting. 

  A Contemplative Walk around the church

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



Upcoming Events

Date 17th Nov 19: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morning Prayer
Date 18th Nov 19: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Holy Communion
Date 18th Nov 19: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Morning Prayer
Date 19th Nov 19: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Sunday Services

8.00 am - Holy Communion

10.15 am - Parish Communion

6.00pm - Evensong


Services in the week


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.30 am - Holy Communion  


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.00 am - Prayer Group


8.00 am - Holy Communion


8.00 am - Morning Prayer


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

9.30 am - Holy Communion