St Thomas' Church, Stockport

St Thomas' Church is a neoclassical church in Stockport, England built in 1822–25.

History

The church was designed by George Basevi in the neo-classical style. It was built as a Commissioners' church at a cost of £15,611 (£1,080,000 as of 2011), and received a grant of £15,636 from the Church Building Commission to cover the cost of construction plus other expenses. The contractors were Samuel Buxton and Son, and the land was given by Lady Warren-Bulkeley. It was consecrated in 1825 and could seat 2000.

The church is built of sandstone. It has a clock tower at the west end and a massive six-columned Ionic portico at the east.The central entrance beneath the portico provides entrance to the galleries, while the flanking doors lead to the vestries.The church was refurbished by T.H. Allen in 1881, and the chancel remodelled by Medland Taylor in 1890. The original seating has been replaced, but the galleries have survived.

The six-columned portico faces away from the 'obvious' main entrance (from the A6); the road was built after the church, to by-pass the town centre. The building was listed Grade I in 1952.

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