Stow: St Mary

Name:
Stow: St Mary
Record Type:
Major Parish Church
Church code:
621312
Diocese:
Lincoln
Archdeaconry:
Stow and Lindsey
Parish:
Stow In Lindsey

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is a Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct
View more information about this Scheduled Monument on the National Heritage List for England web site

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is on the Heritage at Risk Register (data verified 09 Nov 2023)
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Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Early Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 621312 Stow, St Mary
Caption:
Exterior image of 621312 Stow, St Mary
Description:
Photograph of the exterior of Stow, St Mary
Year / Date:
2011, June 07
Copyright:
This image is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.
Originator:
Julian P Guffogg (of geograph.org.uk)

Summary Description

Stow Minster is one of the oldest historic parish churches of Lincolnshire, the site of Christian worship since at least the early 11th century. The Grade 1 listed church building is almost 1000 years old in parts, and is one of the major examples of Romanesque architecture in the country, with more Anglo-Saxon and Norman masonry than any other Lincolnshire church. It was considered the ‘finest Norman church in Lincolnshire’ by the poet and antiquarian Sir John Betjeman. The church was restored by the famous Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson, who built the impressive vaulted nave ceiling. It is located in a small village 15 miles north of Lincoln, and visitors are often surprised by the grandeur of this large church in the middle of open countryside. This is explained by its former status as a Minster, or regional mother church for this part of the diocese. The church is open every day and there is a pub which serves food in the village. A visit can be combined with other historic churches in the area, including Coates St Edith, a beautiful little Medieval church with a sublime interior.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
http://www.stowminster.co.uk

Sources and Further Information

() Exterior image of 621312 Stow St Mary [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 621312 Stow St Mary
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division (2014) Research into the Presence of Bats in Churches [Digital Archive/Data]
CCB project, summer 2014, to ascertain the presence or absence of bats in church building
Julian P Guffogg (of geograph.org.uk) (2011, June 07) Exterior image of 621312 Stow, St Mary [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 621312 Stow, St Mary
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/14778/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~111188~116833 [Archive/Graphic material]

Groundplan

ICBS File Number - 06209

Coverage - 1878

Created by PEARSON, John Loughborough: b. 1817 - d. 1897 of London

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~111198~116834 [Archive/Graphic material]

Perspective

ICBS File Number - 06209

Coverage - 1864-1878

Created by ?BODLEY, George Frederick: b. 1827 - d. 1907 of London

Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 9 Bells [Archive/Index]
9 Bells