Established in the year 1840, the Saint Thomas Church situated on the idyllic Rajpur road is considered to be the oldest church of Dehradun. Constructed by thirteen soldiers of the East India Company, the rustic St. Thomas church exhibits marvellous Gothic style architecture.
It is the only Garrison Church of that time where the British Soldiers attended church services on each Sunday. The present service time starts from 10:30 am (Summer) 11:00 (Winter) every Sunday.
Why you should visit St. Thomas Church?
If you are a religious one, an admirer of ancient architecture or a pop music lover you must visit the St. Thomas Church of Dehradun. You’ll be surprised to know that it was here that the famous British musician, performer, actor and philanthropist Sir Cliff Richard also known as ‘British Elvis’ was baptised in the year 1940. He is better known for producing hits like ‘Bachelor Boy’, ‘Miss You Nights’, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, ‘Mistletoe & Wine’ and ‘The Young Ones’ out of which, many have been reprised by top selling artists of today. Born in Lucknow as Harry Rodger Webb in October 1940, the ace singer’s family shifted to Dehradun and lived here for a brief while, before moving to Howrah in West Bengal and finally to Britain in 1948, following independence. Later in 1980, Harry Rodger Webb changed his name to Cliff Richard by a deed poll.
How to reach St. Thomas Church in Dehradun
St. Thomas Church is situated at Dila Ram Bazaar on Rajpur road, Dehradun. It is located only 2 km away from Dehradun Clock Tower and can be easily accessed by local transport. You can either take the Rajpur road bus or Vikram no.1 from Astley Hall to reach this church. Dehradun railway station at 4 km away is the nearest railhead to St. Thomas Church. Jolly Grant airport at 30 km away is the closest airport from the church.