(St Thomas)

The church, dedicated to St Thomas, is a Grade 2* listed building. It  is first mentioned in 1275 when Hamilton de Heanton was appointed rector. The Wolf family were the founders of the church and held the Manor until the 16th century.


Restoration of the church was carried out 1873-75, when the north aisle was added, the chancel enlarged, and the chapel extended. The work was carried out for Revd Thomas Openshaw, who was an absentee Rector and Patron living in Ramsbottom near Manchester, and believed to have had connections with the textile industry.


The church consists a Sanctuary, Chancel, North Aisle, Nave, Tower and incomplete Openshaw Chapel. The 15th century tower contains six bells which are rung on special occasions by a team mustered from around the Mission Community.


At the present time no services are taking place at Kentisbury


During the time that our church has been closed, we have seen a dramatic drop in our income. Whilst some of our expenses have also dropped, we do have some regular bills that need to be paid.


If you would like to help us maintain the church building, and support out work in the parish, a donation can be made by clicking the 'button' above.


All donations to St Thomas' Church are gratefully received.