The lower part of the Nave walls date from the late Saxon  or early Norman  times; and in evidence can be seen the typical coursed flint work of that period  up  to  the sills of the windows on the South side; also rough quoins of 11th/12th century work. In the perpendicular period the Nave windows were much enlarged and the buttress added.

The Tower was  built about 1380 in the style of the Decorated period, and contains a fine ring of 6 bells, two of which are in need of repair.  There  are  beautiful square cut white flints on the parapet, with much decoration.

The Chancel was largely rebuilt about 1300, and the priest's door  is  typical of this period:  inside  can  be  found  the  initials  of  Louis Norgate  the  then Rector, who restored it in 1848.

The  Porch  was  added  sometime  between 1480 and 1510, and was intended for secular  use; it  was  poorly  built,  typical  of  the  falling  standard  of  that  age.  Its windows were blocked in  the 17th or 18th Century.  A niche above the entrance was presumably meant for a statue of St Thomas.

The inner door is a beauty, somewhere about 680 years old: its handmade key, no doubt fashioned by a local smith, is enormous, fortunately far too big to mislay!

The pews here illustrate the social gradations of a former age, with six box pews for the farmers and their families  at  the  front, dated about 1710, and benches behind with poppy heads, drilled to carry pricket lights.  These date from about 1610.
There  are  Maid's  seats and remains of others against the wall for the maidservants of the small farmers or tradesmen.  Such examples are rare.
There is a  Regency Gallery which was added by local craftsmen  to accommodate the rising population of the village.

The Reading Desk dates from the time of Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) and adjacent to it  is  the pulpit which dates from Queen Anne (1702-1710), contemporary with the box pews.  The Parish Clerk used to sit in the pew next to the Reading Desk, and the desk is in its original state.

Behind the pulpit have been found traces of an early 15th Century Chantry Chapel of St Thomas a Becket.  Here also is the former entrance to a Rood loft, filled in to strengthen the chancel arch.
There are a few remaining traces of the 15th Century flooring in the nave in front of the reading desk and a few pamments in the SE corner of the nave.

The Font is 15th Century and has on its rim the mark of hasps which kept holy water locked in pre reformation days.

The Communion Rails with their pillars so close together must date from the time of Charles I, when  Archbishop  Laud  decreed  that  dogs  must  be  kept  out  of  the Sanctuary! The Chancel  is  now  used  for regular worship by the congregation each Sunday.

The Chancel Screen was sawn off in Edward VI 's reign, and then at Queen Elizabeth's command was restored in 1558 by joining it with iron straps.  The loft and rood had gone.

The above text  is copied directly from the leaflet  "St Thomas Church, Foxley  -A SHORT GUIDE" to be found in the church, and the original material is acknowledged as being the work of Richard Butler-Stoney.

THE CHURCH BELLS restored in the year 2013

The bells are back- in the tower and named after the 6 Saints of St Thomas' Church. We had a very pleasant blessing service led by David Head, which many from the local community attended. It was also pleasing to see the primary school children from Bawdeswell there who had taken up hand bell ringing. They put the name labels on the 6 bells. The bell names are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory, Jerome, Thomas the Apostle, and Thomas a Beckett ,the martyr. We managed to get  5 bells hoisted up in the tower that afternoon. It has taken three weeks of hard labour to do the rest of the work. Today, May 9th, these bells were rung up - the tenor having been silent since 1952 the others pretty well since 1984. My thanks go to all the  volunteers who have worked tirelessly since January 7th. The bells await acceptance testing by Taylors but today at 400pm each bell sounded again.
Once we are through the acceptance testing the Foxley band will be able to ring at services and at a weekly practice at 730pm on a Wednesday evening to 900pm. There may be other odd times when the bells are rung during the day but we hope the village will enjoy the sound again after all this time. When the bells have settled down we will have a dedication service to inaugurate them. It has been a long journey, with many significant technical and funding issues overcome through the efforts of local people, but through their efforts we have secured a bit more of Foxley's heritage for future generations.




Chancel Screen 
painted figures