Early Victorian church in Norman style with: bell tower, two aisles, barrel-vaulted ceiling, church registers, Romanesque chancel arch. Links to local iron founding and woollen cloth making heritage. Self-guided tour. Organ recital, Refreshments.
The chapel-like two-aisle layout is enhanced by a superb brass eagle lectern and an altar supported on bobbins which recall the hand weaving activity when the church was built. The chancel has an Ambry and houses the church organ, built locally by Binns of Bramley. The tower has a single tenor bell in E, manufactured by Thomas II Mears and weighing 273kg. Also in the tower, the Elizabeth clock, made by Potts of Leeds, commemorates the coronation of the Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. A stained glass window recalls the tragic deaths by lightning strikes of two popular friends in 1869.
Church Registers will be available to peruse under supervision.
Children of Primary School age may take part in a hunt around the church for items of historic and cultural interest, leading to an understanding of St Thomas Church, its history and its roll at the centre of the Stanningley community for over 180 years. There will be prizes for all participants