Historic Stanningley church to be boosted by fundraiser

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St Thomas' Church, Stanningley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

A special coffee morning will raise funds to help restore an important historical monument in Stanningley.

Saturday’s event will raise funds for St Thomas’ Church and will run 10.30am until 12.30pm. There will be bacon and sausage butties and a tasty cake stall, tombola and raffle, with all the proceeds going to the church restoration fund.

The church was consecrated in 1841.

Inside the church, instead of the more common central aisle, there are two side aisles, reminiscent of a non conformist chapel of the time.

The six stained glass windows are of quality Victorian craftsmanship, the most singular being on the south side, in memory of two young Sunday School teachers who were struck by lightning in 1869 and who are buried together in the churchyard.

The organ chamber houses an instrument made locally by Binns of Bramley in 1906. The industrial history of Stanningley is recalled further in the memorial inscriptions within the church and graveyard. Family names, including Butler, Gaunt, Wade, Vickers, Roberts and Gott, once significant local industrialists active in woollen cloth manufacturing and iron founding, are present.

The tower houses the Coronation Clock, manufactured by Potts of Leeds and paid for by public subscription to mark the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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