St Thomas' Church, Pendleton

St Thomas' Church, Pendleton

St Thomas' Church, Pendleton, from the southwest
St Thomas' Church, Pendleton
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°29′32″N 2°17′09″W / 53.4921°N 2.2857°W / 53.4921; -2.2857
OS grid reference SJ 811 995
Location Broad Street, Pendleton, Salford, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Modern Catholic
Website St Thomas, Pendleton
Founded 1767
Founder(s) Samuel Brierley
Dedication Saint Thomas
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 18 January 1980
Architect(s) Francis Goodwin and Richard Lane
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1829
Completed 1831
Materials Stone
Parish Pendleton and Claremont
Deanery Salford
Archdeaconry Salford
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Rector Fr Daniel Burton
Curate(s) Fr Luke Maguire

St Thomas' Church is on Broad Street, Pendleton, Salford, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Salford, the archdeaconry of Salford, and the diocese of Manchester. Its benefice is united with those of five nearby churches to form the Salford All Saints Team Ministry.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The church was built between 1829 and 1831 to a design by Francis Goodwin and Richard Lane.[4] A grant of £6,673 (equivalent to £550,000 in 2015)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3]



St Thomas' is constructed in ashlar stone. The architectural style is Gothic Revival. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave, north and south aisles, a chancel and a west tower. The tower is in three stages with polygonal pilasters at the corners, and an embattled parapet with pinnacles. It has a west door with a three-light window above, porches on the north and south sides, clock faces, and three-light bell openings. The aisles also have embattled parapets, and each bay contains a three-light window with Decorated tracery. At the east end of the aisles are blind windows. The chancel has a lancet window on the north and south sides, a six-light east window with Perpendicular tracery, and polygonal buttresses.[2]


Inside the church the arcades are carried on slim Perpendicular piers. There are galleries on three sides. The west gallery has a canopy carved with the royal arms of William IV. The side galleries have been filled in for use as a chapel and meeting rooms. The stained glass in the chapel is by Hardman and depicts scenes from the life of Saint Thomas. The glass in the east window, dating from the 1840s, is also probably by Hardman.[4] The three-manual organ was built in 1839 by Samuel Renn and restored in about 1920 by Jardine and Company.[6] There is a ring of eight bells, all cast in 1906 by John Taylor & Co.[7]

External features

The churchyard contains the war graves of four soldiers of the First World War, who are all commemorated by special memorial, and a soldier of the Second World War.[8]

See also


  1. St Thomas, Pendleton, Salford, Church of England, retrieved 30 January 2012
  2. 1 2 Historic England, "Church of St Thomas, Salford (1386093)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 January 2012
  3. 1 2 Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 335, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4
  4. 1 2 Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 640, ISBN 0-300-10583-5
  5. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  6. Lancashire (Manchester, Greater), Salford--Pendleton, St. Thomas (N02173), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 30 January 2012
  7. Salford, Pendleton, S Thomas, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 30 January 2012
  8. PENDLETON (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 6 February 2013
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