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"St Thomas - A Victorian Church" St Thomas Church Tip by leics

St Thomas Church, Newhey: 1 reviews and 5 photos

St Thomas in Newhey was buit in 1875, Rather oddly, at least in my opinion, it was built as a replica of Holy Trnity church in Weston-super-Mare (Somerset) using Bath stone. Bath is also in Somerset...

St Thomas stands on a hill above the small village of Newhey, a settlement which (like adjoining Milnrow and the whole Rochdale area) grew massively during the Industrial Revolution but did not get its own church until St Thomas was built.

The church is cross-shaped and is 'Gothic' in style, with lancet windows and a great deal of external decoration including coloured slates and mock-Medieval carvings around the entrance. The carvings already show the effect not only of weather (the site is quite exposed) but also of of the smoke and consequent 'acid rain' which blighted the area for many decades.

St Thomas was badly damaged by arson in 2007 so it is not really surprising that it wasn't open when I visited. The damage has been repaired, at great cost.

Address: Newhey, Newhey
Directions: Accessed from the A460.

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  • Written Jan 5, 2017
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