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1st, 3rd, Sun 9.30 Holy Communion
6.30 Evening Prayer
1st Thursday 9.30 Holy Communion
2nd Sunday 9,30 Morning Prayer
6.30 Evening Prayer
4th Sunday 11.00 Family Worship
6.30 Holy Communion
5th Sunday Benefice Service (see notices)
The Table of
Continuity in the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury begins with the
appointment of one Henry in 1258, but there was a Church at Northlew
(‘Lew’ being Celtic for ‘bright but running stream’) in Saxon times.
The last stone relics of this Church are incorporated in the Village
Cross nearby. The date of the actual building of St Thomas is
unknown, but note the unmistakably Norman arch in what is now the
gateway to the Rood Screen staircase.
Embellishments from the 12th to the 15th Centuries were due largely to the prosperity of the wool trade. The carved Bench-ends and Barrel roof date from the reign of Henry VIII. there was considerable vandalism by Cromwell’s men, including smashing the screen and throwing out the Font, which was not rediscovered until 1870.
There followed an age of ‘miserable neglect’ common to many rural churches, which ended with the appointment in 1847 of Thomas England as Rector. By 1885 much had been accomplished. Work was continued under subsequent Rectors, the dilapidated Gallery being replaced by Choir stalls, the Bells modernised and the new screen installed in 1923. The fine little Willis organ has provided music since 1889.
Article first published in Northmoor News
Written by Mrs Brenda Zielinska
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If you have any concern about the safety of children or vulnerable adults please contact our parish safeguarding officer
Julie James 01409 221663, or Revd. Leigh Winsbury 01837 810680 email@example.com
If you are a young person please contact childline on 0800 11 11
The PCC of this church fully endorses the “Promoting a Safer Church” Policy of the Church of England