WATCH: Renovation work complete at St Thomas's Church

WATCH: Renovation work complete at St Thomas's Church

Published by Jack Deery at 5:46am 12th February 2020.

2 minute read

The Salisbury church re-opened on Sunday (9th February) after being shut for five and a half weeks.

After closing it's doors on New Years Day, St Thomas's Church is now back open to the public. 

It was temporarily shut for refurbishment works and undertook a number of different jobs: 

  • Removed the Victorian pews
  • Installed additional electrical cables
  • Cleaned and repaired the stone flooring
  • Sanded and varnished the wooden block flooring
  • Installed a new nave altar and rails
  • Installed a modular dais for concerts and other events
  • Replaced the pews with new moveable benches and chairs
St Thomas's refurbishment 2020 Peter Horwood
Some of the work that's been done as part of the refurbishment


The work has now finished and they have released time lapse footage of everything being done. 

On Sunday (9th Feb), the church held their first Holy and Parish Communion since the re-opening, which was well attended by people in the community. 

The money used came from their Quest 2020 appeal, which was aiming to raise £2 million to 'safeguard the future' of the building.

So far, the campaign has raised just over £500,000

St Thomas's Church said: 

"Together with the cleaning and stabilising of the church's famous Doom painting and two panels of its angel-laden ceiling done in late 2019, the refurbishment allows St Thomas's to provide an attractive, inspiring and flexible space for church and community events."

St Thomas's Church refurbishment 2020 3
The work took 5 and a half weeks to complete

They say it was probably the most comprehensive set of changes to the interior of the building since Victorian times. 

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