*Re-opens for public worship on Sunday 5 July. These will not be sung services and members of the congregation must comply with social distancing rules. More details on opening below. The Church is still currently closed to visitors*
St Thomas’s belongs to the Church of England and is also part of the Inclusive Church initiative, which means that we are committed to ensure that all are truly welcome, whatever their story. There are services held daily (except Saturdays) – do join us if you can.
Our beautiful building is the latest one on this site which has been used for worship for nearly eight hundred years. Most of the building seen today dates from the 15th century, and the church houses many treasures from across the centuries. St Thomas's has always been the church of the City, and the painted badges of the Guilds are still visible in the medieval wall paintings of the Lady Chapel.
Visitors are drawn immediately to the 'Doom' painting above the chancel arch, perhaps St Thomas's single most famous feature. It is the largest and most complete example still surviving in the UK and was painted between 1470 and 1500. However, it was whitewashed over in 1593 in the latter part of the Reformation. It was uncovered in 1819, but then re-whitewashed! The final revelation occurred in 1881 and it was ‘restored’ according to the principles of the time.
In 2019, vital conservation work was carried out on the Doom, it was stabilised and cleaned; the removal of years of grime revealed the spectacular colours and detail you see today.
Visitors will also enjoy the strikingly modern altar table, built by local craftsman Matthew Burt, and created as part of a larger and ongoing project to reorder, repair and restore this wonderful church.
|2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Current Services
8am Holy Communion (book of Common Prayer)
4pm Holy Communion (Common Worship)
8am Morning Prayer - Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri
8am Holy Communion - Wednesday
Sundays at 10:15 St Thomas's Online
5 July - Patronal Festival service for Thomas Becket
12 July - Holy Communion with the Bishop pf Ramsbury
- Event Venue
- Open All Year
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good82
- mdb45Plymouth, United KingdomVery niceSunday, 8th December 2019Easy access and full of character a very nice church to visit Staff were on hand and were eager to help Nice atmosphere pre Christmas Read full review
- Martin LMexilhoeira Grande, PortugalMust seeSunday, 29th December 2019We found St Peters & St Edmund very interesting, it has been recently refurbished the medieval paintings where of particular interest. Read full review
- KA632Chippenham, United KingdomPeaceful oasisMonday, 30th December 2019Lovely to visit this 15 century church for a rest from the bustle of the city. Famous for the newly renovated Doom paintings Recently renovated ( I think I preferred it older looking!) I have... Read full review
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020