English Churches - Lincolnshire

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe


The oldest church in Scunthorpe, although most of the fabric is C19/20th


St Lawrence’s is the oldest church in Scunthorpe, and dates from the C12th. It was substantially rebuilt in the C19th when the growth of the steel works lead to a rapid increase in population. The chancel was extended in 1913, a clerestory added to the nave and a second south aisle.  Only the short stumpy tower survives from the original building as well as the dog tooth carving on the entrance to the south porch.

St Lawrence's Church,
                Scunthorpe

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

It is almost impossible to photograph the outside of the church in summer as tall trees in the graveyard obscure the views.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

This picture was scanned from a slide taken in the early 1970s.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

Inside it is a large but rather bare, characterless church. 

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

Arcades of either round or octagonal columns with pointed arches separate the nave and side aisles and there is another arcade separating the south aisle from the later extension.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

Some of the columns between nave and south aisle still have their original carved capitals and arches with their ’nut and bolt’ decoration.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

The flat wooden roof with its square gilded bosses dates from the 1913 extension. The bosses are carefully carved with designs of fish, foliage fruits, flowers or a sunburst.

At the back of the church is the original C13th font with its lead lining. The cover is late C17th. The rest of the church furnishings are either C19th or C20th.

St Lawrence's Church,
                Scunthorpe

Steps lead up to the chancel. which has a low stone wall across it. The organ with its painted pipes is set high on the north wall.

St Lawrence's Church,
                Scunthorpe

More steps lead to the high altar with a painted plaster reredos with a Nativity scene.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

The rest of the east wall below the large plain glass window is covered with linen fold panelling. On the south wall of the chancel is a C19th stained glass window.

There is a wooden screen across the Healey Chapel at the end of the south aisle, which gets its name from the family memorials.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

The altar has a carved wood reredos below three tall lancet windows with modern stained glass.

St Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe

On the north wall of the nave is Roll of Honour for those who gave their lives in both World Wars. Unusually, the list for the Second World War is nearly as long as for the First World War.

St Lawrence's Church,
                Scunthorpe

The church with its central location and along the busy main road into Scunthorpe is regarded with affection by the local population. From the outside it is a very satisfying church. The inside is less interesting. The large vicarage next to the Church is now part of the  North Lincolnshire Museum.

The old vicarage, St Lawrence's Church,
              Scunthorpe

The church is usually open in the mornings and there is a communion service every Thursday morning. There is plenty of parking in the Church Hall opposite. The post code is DN15 7BD. The grid reference is SE 891108.

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