St Lawrence's Church, Snarford, Lincolnshire
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Fantastic carved figures from Tudor times
Nothing about the rather unremarkable exterior of this small Medieval church prepares you for the breathtaking surprise of the interior of this wonderful church. St Lawrence has some of the most spectacular memorial sculptures in Lincolnshire.
The largest, from the 1580s, features lifesize figures of Sir Thomas St Paul and his wife, members of a dynasty of rich lawyer-politicians. Sir Thomas reclines dressed in armour with a gold chain round his neck; his wife lies beside him elegantly dressed with a ruff and headdress.
Round the canopy above kneel their eight children. Gazing on from the wall, propped on one elbow, is his rakish relation Sir George with his wife Frances, both fashionably dressed. Poignantly, in a little alcove below, is the tiny effigy of their only child, Mattathia, who died as a baby.
All the figures are eerily lifelike - look closely at the veins on Sir George's hands and Warwick's piercing blue eyes and ample, aristocratic cheeks. The alabaster monument to Sir George St Paul who died some 30 years later dominates the north chapel.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A relic from a medieval past
There is a footpath to the church and one small step down into building.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Travel north on A46 from Lincoln to Grimsby; after 9 miles Snarford is signposted on the left; the church is 0.5 miles down the road on the right
Nearest railway station: Market Rasen (5.4 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.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
- Lincolnshire is in the Diocese of Lincoln: www.lincoln.anglican.org.uk