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Gainsborough – St Thomas of Canterbury

Cross Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21

Gainsborough grew in the early 19th  century to be the third largest town in Lincolnshire. An attempt to establish a mission in 1821 foundered after a few years, but was revived in 1848. A priest was appointed to the mission in 1861, who also served Retford, Brigg and Crowle. The church and presbytery were built in 1868, the first of several churches in North Lincolnshire which were largely paid for by Thomas Young of Kingerby Hall, near Market Rasen, and designed by Hadfield & Son of Sheffield. The organ dates from 1919, at which time the church was ‘magnificently redecorated in 13th  century style in keeping with the building’ (Diocesan Yearbook 1921, 59-60).

The building is briefly described in the list entry, below. However, there is little to add; although listed, the church contains no historic furnishings of particular note. The modern parish hall is attached to the church on the south (rear) side.


1865-8. Architect, M E Hadfield and Son. Small church in red brick with blue brick band. Welsh slate roof with ridge tile and stone coped gable ends. 4 small arched windows with stone band at cills and blue brick band at impost height. Gabled porch with ashlar dressings to west elevation. Nave and 1 aisle. Small wood gallery. 2 octagonal piers. See also Clergy House.

Roman Catholic Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and Clergy House form a group. 

Since the time of the listing, the sash windows in the presbytery have been replaced in PVCu.

Heritage Details


Original Date: 1865

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: II