St John's Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire
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A blessing of angels and green men
The imposing medieval church of St John the Baptist is wedged in an unlikely setting between two commercial buildings in the nationally important historic town centre of Stamford, and the well-proportioned pinnacled tower is a notable landmark. Yet take the time to step inside and you'll be rewarded with the sight of angels on high in the fifteenth-century roof timbers painted in glorious black, red and yellow.
What's more, above their outstretched wings are some little green men with grimacing, leafy faces. Stained glass scatters light across the flamboyant beautifully carved Victorian oak pews and tiled floor, further adding to the beauty of this breathtaking church. The aisles and churchyard contain an excellent collection of interesting seventeenth to nineteenth century monuments.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A medieval gem with a fascinating monument
There is a shallow step into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
In town centre on St John's Street, off Red Lion Square
Nearest railway station: Stamford (0.5 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Stamford St. John the Baptist - Your Church Tour Lincolnshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Lincolnshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Visit Lincolnshire tourism website: www.visitlincolnshire.com
- Lincolnshire Family History Society: www.lincolnshirefhs.org.uk
- Lincolnshire Churches Trust: www.lincolnshirechurchestrust.org.uk
- Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology: www.slha.org.uk
- List of churches in Lincolnshire: www.achurchnearyou.com
- Diocese of Lincoln: www.lincoln.anglican.org.uk