Set in the centre of a busy inner city, multicultural high street, St Thomas' is a hidden gem. There is a clear flow from west to east, so the eye is drawn through the huge chancel arch towards the sanctuary. Glittering mosaics, detailed carving, the lavish use of local alabaster all combine to create a richness at the east end of the church. The building presents a unity of design, faithful to the original intention of its architect, Joseph Peacock who was a so-called rogue architect. The church has a veritable gallery of stained glass including a stunning rose window by Mayer of Munich, a masterpiece of the arts and crafts movement by A.J.Davies and some wonderful depictions of the life of the saints by Nuttgens. The church building was built in 1881 on the instruction of Revd and Mrs Olivier, the Great Uncle of Lawrence Olivier.
The grant will help fund a consultant to create a detailed project business plan for remodelling & refurbishment.