Awarded a grant to help fund a project for urgent repairs to external stonework, internal plasterwork, ceiling and the installation of a servery. The church has a fascinating history and the project will help improve heritage engagement and encourage more people to use the building.
St Thomas’ was built on the present site on land given by the monks of Cowick and consecrated in 1405 to replace a previous chapel destroyed by flood. The church was destroyed by fire in 1645 during the Civil War, there being a fear that it would be fortified and used against the city. The third and existing church was built during the time of the Commonwealth and opened in 1657.
St Thomas remains an important focus at the heart of a vibrant community, in an area with significant deprivation. It provides much-needed amenities for community groups and all sorts of activities alongside its worship, pastoral care and Christian witness. It’s often visited by local historians, amateur genealogists and tourists.