St Thomas' Church, Friarmere, Lancashire

Address: Heights Lane, Friarmere, Oldham, LANCASHIRE, OL3 5TU
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A hillside preaching church

This austere Georgian church is perched on a hillside overlooking Delph. St Thomas was built in 1765 by the local community who named it Heights Chapel.

Inside, it is sparse yet atmospheric with a stone flag roof and a bell-cote. As a 'preaching church’ it has galleries on three sides and a small sanctuary with a plain Venetian style east window.

Many of the 19th-century fittings were removed to the new parish church in Delph.

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Road directions

6m NE of Oldham, near Delph. Turn off the A6052 at the junction of Denshaw Road and Tame Lane, as shown by the Churches Conservation Trust signpost; the church is visible on the hill from the junction

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Shaw & Crompton (2.5 miles)

OS Reference No.

SD 982 091

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Comments

  1. Alan Berry (08 Jun 2012, 11:38)

    This church is not in Lancashire but Yorkshire. It was in the old West Riding of Yorkshire & is in the Saddleworth area & is still recognised as being in Yorkshire by the White Rose Society. People born & bred in Saddleworth would be outraged to see your header saying Friarmere was in Lancashire

  2. robert mccracken (15 Jan 2013, 08:25)

    I agree that it neither is nor ever has been, in Lancashire. It was in the West Riding of Yorkshire; now it is, for civil adminstrative purposes, in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. But people still think of the area as Saddleworth--which would be a useful key word for web searches if included in the address.

    I would be interested to know from the web site when generally it is open. Is it on the feast day of St Thomas?

    Could it be opened on or aorund Whit Friday when many people like myself come back to Saddleworth for the Walks and band contests?

  3. Wendy shaughnessy (07 Apr 2013, 20:59)

    I walked to the church today from Denshaw, and a very pleasant man who was tending the church grounds asked if we would like to go inside the church. We felt very privilaged and humbled after looking around. There is information inside on the history of the church and a visitors book, so I think if you go at the weekend and some one is there doing any form of maintanence just ask to go inside. If no one is there, it is still worth the walk and visit the royal oak just across from the church which is open from 12 noon on Sundays, your pet dog is also welcome

  4. Maurice Reid (27 Aug 2013, 20:35)

    Further To Wendy's comments , I'd like ro point out that a key to the church is held at The Royal Oak so you can combine a visit to this historic pub with its great atmosphere and ales and a visit to the church - at just over 1000 feet , the views over Saddleworth are well worth the trip

  5. susan fishenden (18 Mar 2014, 19:46)

    I was born near Delph and can always remember going with my mum to the last service at St Thomas' church or Heights church as we always affectionately called it.
    I always love walking up to the church from nearby Denshaw, it always seems such a lovely tranquil place looking down over the surrounding countryside.
    I agree with Robert that it would be so nice to see the church open on or around Whit Friday (as long as people knew that it was open).

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St Thomas' Church, Friarmere, Lancashire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.