English Churches - Lincolnshire
A vibrant evangelical church
is one of Stamford Medieval churches dating from the late C12th.
Surrounded by its small graveyard and C18th buildings, it is a short
walk from the town centre.
There has been a church here since the C13th, although the present building is C15th, when wealthy merchant Sir William Bruges donated a considerable amount of money to extend the church with a clerestory, new roof, windows, furnishings and vestments. The tower is unusual as it is rectangular rather than square and was rebuilt in the C17th. The transepts and side aisles were sensitively restored in the C19th to the original style, when the population of Stamford was growing rapidly. With its battlemented roof line, it is an impressive building.
It is an attractive church with a very modern feel. The C19th pews and choir stalls have been replaced by chairs and there is modern music and TV screen. Today St George’s is a vibrant evangelical church, attracting all ages, with three services each Sunday. The chancel with its wooden reredos, C18th memorials and stained glass window no longer feels the focus of the service.
The painted ceiling with its angels is C15th. William Bruges was buried in the chancel and asked to be looked down on by carved angels in the roof.
The stone font has been moved to the end of the south aisle, beneath the small war memorial with St George and the dragon.
The church is open every Friday morning for coffee and cakes and was busy when I called in.
There is no car parking for the church and the nearest car park is on Wharf Road a couple of minutes walk away. The post code is PE9 2BN and the grid reference is TF 032071.
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