St Thomas


The Church of St Thomas, Leesfield was constructed between 1844 and 1848 and is the work of E H Shellard. The Church is built of coursed stone with ashlar surrounds to openings quoins andparapets. There is a bell tower at the west with a slate covered roof. The beauty of St Thomas Leesfield is evident as soon as you walk in, with a seating capacity of 600, it has its own splendid 3 Manual Organ and numerous stained glass windows. Four of these windows are by the Belgian stained glass artist, Jean Baptiste Capronnier which give a focal point to the west end of the church. The stone font with beautiful carved wood is situated at the rear of the church.

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- Be realistic about what you expect to be able to afford

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- Don't be shy about asking for money - often this is the simplest way of raising funds

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