Clay Cross, St Bartholomew

Clay Cross, St Bartholomew

St Bartholomew’s Church, Clay Cross was built in 1851 to provide a place of worship for the growing population of Clay Cross, which was expanding rapidly with George Stephenson’s Clay Cross Company.  The church’s spire was added in 1857 and its peal of six bells was installed in 1874.  The church’s font is believed to be 13th century, but its origins are unknown.

The wife of the church’s first vicar Revd Joseph Oldham was the sister of the Arts & Crafts Movement designer William Morris.  Upon the death of William Howe, engineer at Clay Cross Company, lifelong member of Clay Cross church and the person credited with perfecting the link motion for locomotives, William Morris designed the church’s first stained glass window.  The window depicts St John, St Peter and St James and has Morris tiles running along its base.

Outside the church is the base of the cross which gave the town its name.  This medieval relic once stood at the junction of Clay Lane and Thanet Street.

Interior, St Bartholomew, Clay Cross
North Aisle, Clay Cross
Interior, St Bartholomew, Clay Cross
South Aisle, Clay Cross


Car park
Place for quiet reflection


Stained Glass
Famous Person

High Street
Clay Cross
S45 9DZ

The Reverend Richard Law
01246 864649 /

Open times:

Tuesday- Thursday 9.00-12.00 during term time

Sundays 9.00- 12.00