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Church of St Thomas and St Elizabeth, Thurnham

Description: Church of St Thomas and St Elizabeth

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 182271

OS Grid Reference: SD4656854295
OS Grid Coordinates: 346568, 454295
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9819, -2.8162

Location: Thurnham, Lancashire LA2 0DT

Locality: Thurnham
Local Authority: Lancaster City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: LA2 0DT

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Listing Text


12/204 Church of St. Thomas and
2-5=1968 St. Elizabeth
(Formerly listed as R.C. Church
of St. Thomas and St.
Elizabeth,near Thurnham


Roman Catholic church, 1847-8 by Charles Hansom. Sandstone rubble with slate
roof. Built with chancel at south, but for purposes of this description
assumed to be conventionally oriented. Comprises a nave, lower chancel, north
and south aisles, a tower with stone spire at west end of north side of nave,
and a north porch. 3-stage tower has semi-octagonal stair turret, and
weathered offsets. The bell openings are within sunken panels with corbel
tables over, and are of 2 pointed lights with a quatrefoil under a pointed
head. The octagonal spire has 2 stages of lucarnes. The west wall has a
window of 3 trefoiled lights under a pointed head, and a similar window to the
south aisle. The west doorway is moulded with a pointed head. The north side
has 5 aisle bays separated by buttresses. The windows are of 2 cusped lights
with quatrefoil under a pointed head. The nave clearstorey has 5 quatrefoiled
windows. To the east of the aisle is one bay of the chancel. At the west
side of the aisle is a gabled porch with moulded pointed arch, and a statue
niche over. On the south side are 6 clearstorey windows and 5 aisle windows.
To the right of the 1st window is a moulded doorway with pointed head and
shallow stone porch. The east window is of 4 trefoiled lights under a pointed
head with Y-tracery and 3 large quatrefoils. Interior has west galley with
organ and with a timber front carried on 3 stone arches. The nave arcades are
of 5 bays with pointed arches, chamfered in 2 orders, and have round piers.
Above the pointed chancel arch is a wall painting of the last judgement.
Below is a screen of tracery supporting a rood. The open timber roof has
scissor-braced rafters and no trusses. The chancel has a piscina and triple
sedilia, and a reredos flanked by carved figures. The roof has painted timber
panels. A north chapel has stencil decoration. The windows contain stained
glass of various late C19th dates.

Listing NGR: SD4656854295

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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