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Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary

St Mary's in Stow is among the most impressive and ancient churches in Lincolnshire.

The crossing and transepts are the earliest, and may in part belong to the original Saxon building of about 1070.

Much of the nave and chancel are Norman work of the 12th century, while the tower was rebuilt in the 15th century.

In the foreground of this photo stands the 18th century village whipping post.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Stow, St Mary church, saxon, Norman, whipping post,
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary

View of the minster from the north-east. The chancel was restored sensitively by J L Pearson in 1851.

June 2017

Stow, St Mary, minster, J L Pearson
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary

View from the north-east.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary, Bench End
Stow, St Mary, Bench End
Stow, St Mary, Bench End

Bench end decorated with tracery, medieval.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, bench end
Stow, St Mary, Bench End
Stow, St Mary, Bench End
Stow, St Mary, Bench End

A crisply cut poppy head dating from the Victorian restoration.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, poppy head
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel

The chancel of St Mary’s is a rich and impressive display of Norman architecture.

Much of this dates from an extensive restoration of 1851 when the east wall above the arcading and the vaulting were completely rebuilt.

See www.stowminster.org.uk

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Stow, St Mary church, choir
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel

A closer view of the east end of the chancel, restored in Norman style by J L Pearson between 1853 and 1864.

Rod Callow, 2007

Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel

The chancel viewed from the south. It was built in the late Norman period (twelfth century) and was restored by Pearson in the 1850s.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel

The interior (north wall) of the chancel. Blank arcading with colonnettes of the late Norman period.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel

Detail of the blank arcade in the chancel.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, chancel
Stow, St Mary, Chancel Ceiling
Stow, St Mary, Chancel Ceiling
Stow, St Mary, Chancel Ceiling

The chancel ceiling with rib vaulting which dates from Pearson's restoration.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, chancel ceiling
Stow, St Mary, Crossing
Stow, St Mary, Crossing
Stow, St Mary, Crossing

This view of the nave shows the crossing with its massive Saxon arch.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Stow, St Mary church, Saxon crossing,
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway

The elaborate Norman south doorway dates to the mid-12th century.

It was restored in the 19th century.

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Stow, St Mary church, Norman doorway,
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway

The south doorway has three orders of colonnettes and zigzag decoration typical of the Norman period.

Rod Callow, 2007

Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Doorway

The south doorway has three orders of colonnettes and fine zig-zag decoration.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, south doorway
Stow, St Mary, Font
Stow, St Mary, Font
Stow, St Mary, Font

The octagonal font is thirteenth century in date. There ais a variety of motifs on the sides of the bowl.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, font
Stow, St Mary, Font detail
Stow, St Mary, Font detail
Stow, St Mary, Font detail

Detail of the font. The green man's head.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, font, green man
Stow, St Mary, Organ
Stow, St Mary, Organ
Stow, St Mary, Organ

The fine organ case in St Mary's.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, organ
Stow, St Mary, Saxon Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Saxon Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Saxon Doorway

This doorway in the north transept formed part of the original Saxon building, and may date from the late 10th century.

Originally, the doorway would have led to an aisle or chapel.

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Stow, St Mary church, Saxon doorway,
Stow, St Mary, Window
Stow, St Mary, Window
Stow, St Mary, Window

Round-headed window in late Norman style in the south wall of the chancel.

May 2018

Stow, St Mary, window