CHURCH OF ST THOMAS

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1383153
Date first listed:
13-Sep-1972
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST THOMAS, ST THOMAS STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST THOMAS, ST THOMAS STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Somerset
District:
Mendip (District Authority)
Parish:
Wells
National Grid Reference:
ST 55603 46168

Details

WELLS

ST5446 ST THOMAS STREET 662-1/6/293 (South side) 13/09/72 Church of St Thomas

GV II*

Anglican parish church. 1856-7, extended 1864, by SS Teulon as a memorial to Dean Richard Kenkyns. Local stone, squared and banded in red and grey, with Doulting ashlar dressings, Welsh slate roof with coloured diamond banding, coped gables. PLAN/EXTERIOR: composite plan of 5-bay nave, same width apsidal chancel, narrow north aisle and wide (1854) south aisle, north porch, and north-east tower with spire incorporating organ chamber, and vestry. Plinth, sill band course all round. Chancel a half duo-decagon on plan, with buttresses having 2 offsets on each angle, flanking 2-light Geometric style traceried windows with arched head-stop labels, traceried parapet. Choir vestry on south to match (added 1926). South aisle has 2- and 3-light geometric traceried windows, with eaves moulding featuring ball-flower ornament. North aisle has gables with iron finials over each 2-light traceried window, with a single-light window in the west wall. Porch has a deeply moulded outer arch fitted with mid C20 glazed doors, side buttresses, and 3-bay arcading to each side, with inner arch to match. West elevation has a 5-light window to nave, and a 4-light window to the south aisle. The spire has a single-stage banded tower with a 3-light north window and a clock in a gabled decorative recess. the corner buttresses are extended into crocketed finials, with statues of the four Evangelists on the corners. Between these finials a 2-light trefoil-arched traceried open window with stone grills, set under ornamental gables, small gabletted vents halfway up sire, and pierced trefoil vents near top, the 45m spire is capped with an elaborate iron weathervane, octagonal stair turret in SE corner having pitched roof. INTERIOR: the roof frame is crown-post truss variant, with ogee windbraces and coloured plaster infill panels, the columns to the arcades relatively slim, with foliated capitals, no dividing arch between nave and chancel. Wide use of polychromy and stencilled decoration, extended reredos has much elaborately carved pulpit and font, much of the furniture including ornate lock to north door to Teulon's design. Green tinted glass with patterned caning and vines drawn in outline. A striking church with excellent detail, commanded externally by the very fine octagonal spire; one of Teulon's more harmonious compositions; Skidmore's tubular altar rails, Wailes's glass, the mosaic glitter and coloured marble shafts between the panels and the crocketed niches of the reredos, together with the angel corbels provide a sumptuous effect. (Saunders M: The Architectural Outsiders: London: 1988-).



Listing NGR: ST5560346168

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
483571
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Saunders, M, 'The Architectural Outsiders' in The Architectural Outsiders, (1988)

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 10 Oct 2004
Reference: IOE01/12822/10
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