See also Lincolnshire's Historic Churches Part II and Lincoln Cathedral and Sempringham
From tiny churches in remote hamlets to the large cathedral in Lincoln, Lincolnshire is replete with churches from many periods in history and most have interesting features from several architectural periods, such as Norman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian.
The first churches in Lincolnshire were built during the Anglo-Saxon period and some of these churches can still be seen today. The area between Lincoln and Market Rasen was once the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey and one of the 7th century princes was buried along with his treasure in the area.
The River Witham was an important medieval trade route and a large number of monasteries were established in the Witharn Vale, including the Benedictine Bardney Abbey with its "black monks".
In the Western Wolds churches vary from All Saints in Walesby with a 4th century font close to the site of a Roman villa, to St. Peter's in Normanby le Wold standing by the Viking Way footpath.
The churches of Lincolnshire are open free of charge, and even the locked ones have notice boards letting you know where keys can be obtained.
Below is a list of some of Lincolnshire’s historic churches we recommend to visit, but please be aware this is not a complete list.
Bicker—St Swithin's has some of the best Norman work in Lincolnshire and triple lancet windows. The chancel is Early English and has triple lancet windows.
Bracebridge—All Saints in Lincoln's southern suburbs is one of the best late Anglo Saxon churches with a fine 11th century tower and Saxon chancel arch. Located off the A46 in southern suburbs of Lincoln.
Brant Broughton—St Helen’s is one of Lincolnshire’s most outstanding churches, dating from medieval through Victorian times. It has an elegant spire, gargoyles, an angel roof, interior decoration, and stained glass. The village of the same name is interesting.
Claypole— St Peter's is a large, tall-spired 14th century church with interesting windows, battlements, and a light filled chancel.
Coates by Stow—Atmospheric St Edith’s is remote and concealed by woods but worth finding for its late Middle Ages interior with screen and pews, font, and brasses.
Corby Glen—St John the Evangelist church is considered to have the best medieval wall paintings In Lincolnshire.
Fiskerton—St Clement’s just east of Lincoln is an intriguing building with apinnacled tower with grotesque heads.
Folkingham—St Andrew’s is an imposing tall towered medieval church in an interesting village, which has many fine houses.
Gedney Hill—St Mary Magdalene is a beautiful building with an elegant tower, windows and entrance door and stained glass.
Glentworth—St Michael's church has a fine Saxon tower and monuments with a ruined family mansion nearby.
Grantham—St Wulfram's is one of England's most beautiful parish churches with one of the tallest spires in Britain.
Great Ponton—Holy Cross church has a large pinnacled tower, one of the most beautiful in Lincolnshire.
Hackthorn—St Michael's is a Victorian Gothic church with wood carving and stained glass.
Haxey—St Nicholas is a big medieval hilltop church with late Norman work.
Heckington—St Andrew’s is one of England’s best decorated period churches built in the 14th century. Look for the gargoyles and notice the window tracery. The east stained glass window is of special note. A tall spire and an unusual medieval two-storey vestry are other points to note. An exhibition tells the church story.
Heydour—St Michael's is a grand medieval church in a wooded village. It has a fine spire, stained glass, and monuments.
Kingerby— St Peter's church is a remote and unspoiled little church in a wooded setting opposite a moated hall. It has an atmospheric interior with stained glass and monuments.
Laughton—All Saints is basically medieval, has Norman arches and outstanding brass, and a rich Victorian interior and chancel.
Linwood—St Cornelius has some of the biggest and finest brasses in the county.
Long Sutton—St Mary’s church has the oldest lead spire in England on top of its 13th century tower and a splendid interior with a Norman nave and late medieval aisles.
Marshchapel—St Mary's is an imposing medieval church built in the Perpendicular style with pinnacles, interesting doorways, and gargoyles.
Marton—St Margaret's is a Norman church with an attractive mosaic of materials and a tower.
Nocton—All Saints is considered one of the finest Victorian churches in Lincolnshire. It has wall paintings, glass, and altar fittings from the time of building. There are monuments to local squires and vicars. The church has an exhibition of its history.
Normanby-le-Wold—St Peter's is the highest church in Lincolnshire on windy hilltop by Viking Way footpath with gorgeous views. It is medieval but heavily restored. There is 18th century German glass and three huge Victorian oil paintings.
Pickworth—St Andrew's is a pretty little 14th century church in an
out-of-the-way village. Note the screen and wall painting.
Rand—St Oswald’s has a gargolye tower, many monuments and a beautiful carving by the altar.
Saxby—St Helen's is Georgian classical with a stone portico, a bell turret and a beautiful interior.
Sempringham—St Andrew's church sitting by itself in a field was part of a priory.
Snarford—St Lawrence Church has a splendid interior with a beautiful medieval font and monuments.
Spalding—St Mary and St Michael is a grand medieval building with delicate spire. The other town church is St Paul’s Fulney on the northern outskirts. It is a large Victorian church of red brick with an almost detached tower and spire.
Stow-in-Lindsey—St Mary’s is among the most impressive of all Lincolnshire churches. Founded by AD 1000, it was restored by Lady Godiva. The large church has soaring Saxon tower arches, a Norman nave and later Norman chancel, a medieval font, Victorian stained glass, monuments, and a wall painting.
Swaton—St Michael's is an unusual and impressive cruciform church of the 13th and 14th centuries with an atmospheric interior. It has a central tower, carved bench ends, and an effigy.
Swinsehead—St Mary's is a big medieval church with a lofty nave, timber roof and tall spire.
Theddlethorpe—All Saints Church, a large late medieval building, is known as the Cathedral of the Marsh. It has carved Renaissance screens and notable furnishings.
Weston—St Mary’s is one of the purest examples of the 13th century style with a fine interior.
Whaplode—St Mary is a large, unusual and fascinating church with many types of architecture, an exhibition of church history, and notable furnishings. The semi-detached tower is Early English. The angel roof is Tudor.
Lincolnshire’s Visitor Centres have brochures and maps showing the locations of the towns and villages where each church is located. For a list of the centres see our Lincolnshire county page
Photos © by Barbara Ballard
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