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Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints

The Early English blind arcades and Perpendicular windows on the south side of the nave of All Saints.

September 2011

Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints

The view of All Saints from the south is particularly impressive - Perpendicular windows rising above Early English blind arcades with the tower and spire behind.

Within the largely 15th century building, are 13th century arcades, fine Victorian stained glass, and brasses to the Browne family - 15th century wool merchants and benefactors of the church.

September 2011

Stamford, All Saints, Browne
Stamford, All Saints 1
Stamford, All Saints 1
Stamford, All Saints 1

The view of the south side of All Saints' church looking across Red Lion Square.

The Great North Road (or A1) ran through the square but the scene is remarkably quiet and traffic-free.

postcard 1920s

Stamford, Red Lion Square
Stamford, All Saints 2
Stamford, All Saints 2
Stamford, All Saints 2

The identical view about 90 years later.

As far as the buildings are concerned, very little has changed, though the loss of the fine lamp standard in the centre of the square is to be regetted.

Despite the creation of the by-pass for the A1 in 1960, traffic is always heavy in this part of the town.

June 2012

Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints, capital
Stamford, All Saints, capital
Stamford, All Saints, capital

The three-bay south arcade has octofoil piers and stiff-leaf capitals.

March 2016

Stamford, All Saints church, capital
Stamford, All Saints, foot scraper
Stamford, All Saints, foot scraper
Stamford, All Saints, foot scraper

A nicely shaped wrought iron boot scraper by the entrance at the south door.

March 2016

Stamford, All Saints church, foot scraper
Stamford, Browne's Hospital
Stamford, Browne's Hospital
Stamford, Browne's Hospital

Browne's Hospital (on the extreme right) in Broad Street was built in 1475-76 to provide accommodation for ten men and two women.

The south range along the street is raised above a terrace.

1920s postcard

Stamford, Browne's Hospital
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House

Burghley House, about 1 mile south-east of the centre of Stamford actually lies in Cambridgeshire, formerly the Soke of Peterborough, Northants.

 

Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Burghley House was built by the Cecils in the period 1558-87 and still remains with the family, though now owned by a trust.
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House
Stamford, Burghley House

Burghley House is surrounded by a landscape created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

A close friend of the family, he actually had a room setaside for him in the house.

 

Stamford, Burghley House, Capability Brown
Stamford, Burghley House, Bottle Lodges
Stamford, Burghley House, Bottle Lodges
Stamford, Burghley House, Bottle Lodges

This fine entrance to Burghley from the former Great North Road south of Stamford was designed by William Legg, a Stamford architect, in 1799.

The pair of lodges provide 2-bedroom accommodation for former estate employees.

1920s postcard

Stamford, Burghley House, Bottle Lodges, William Legg
Stamford, George Hotel
Stamford, George Hotel
Stamford, George Hotel

The George Hotel was in existence as an inn by 1568.

Much of the present building dates from the eighteenth century.

This rear courtyard gives some impression of the size and importance of this coaching inn.

undated postcard

Stamford, George Hotel
Stamford, GNR Railway Station
Stamford, GNR Railway Station
Stamford, GNR Railway Station

This station, known as Stamford East, was the terminus of the line to Essendine where there was a junction with the main East Coast line between Peterborough and Grantham.

The line close for passenger traffic in 1959; freight services continued until 1969.

1920s postcard

Stamford, GNR Railway Station
Stamford, Grammar School
Stamford, Grammar School
Stamford, Grammar School

The school buildings in this pre-war photograph are those of Hay & Oliver (1874).

The school chapel, to the right, is the original church of St Paul, taken over by the school in 1548. It was restored by Traylen & Lenton in 1930.

1920s postcard

Stamford, old grammar school, Hay & Oliver, Traylen & Lenton
Stamford, High Street
Stamford, High Street
Stamford, High Street

View along High Street in the 1920s.

undated postcard

Stamford, High Street
Stamford, Methodist Church
Stamford, Methodist Church
Stamford, Methodist Church

This church, built of local stone, opened in 1886 on the site of No.11 Barn Hill, immediately in front of the older church (which was retained for the Sunday School). The cost was approximately £3000.

September 2014

Stamford, Methodist Church, Barn Hill
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George

Externally, much of St George’s is Perpendicular.

The chancel, built with money left by Sir William Bruges the first Garter King of Arms, has a fine display of heraldic glass. 

Within the spacious nave are tall, slender piers of the 13th and 14th centuries.

September 2014

Stamford, St George church, Sir William Bruges, Garter King of Arms
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George

The tower of St George’s was rebuilt and reduced in size in the 17th century, the west porch being a mid-nineteenth century addition.

In 1887 J.C Traylen* extended the aisles so that they now embrace the tower.

September 2014

* John Charles Traylen ARIBA (1845-1907) was educated in Northamptonsire and was at one time surveyor of the archdeaconry of Lincoln. His archtectural practice was located in Stamford from 1884 until his death.

Stamford, St George church, John Charles Traylen
Stamford, St John Baptist
Stamford, St John Baptist
Stamford, St John Baptist

St John’s is Perpendicular in appearance, and dates largely from the mid-15th century – though the tower is said to be earlier.

The spacious interior has painted angel roofs, screens and some fine stained glass - all of 15th century date.

The church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

September 2014

Stamford, St John Baptist chruch
Stamford, St John Baptist
Stamford, St John Baptist
Stamford, St John Baptist

North west door - the usual entrance to the church.

September 2014

Stamford, St John Baptist church
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory

St Leonards was founded c1100 by the monks of Durham to administer their southern estates.

The west front, seen here, and the north arcade, survive from the original Norman church.

September 2014

Stamford, St Leonard priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory

On the north side can be seen the sturdy piers and round arches of the Norman north arcade.

There were six bays - the two westernmost being an extension built in the late 12th century.

September 2014

Stamford, St Leonard priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory
Stamford, St Leonard Priory

The west end is a fine example of late Norman work.

The elaborate central doorway is flanked by smaller openings, while above are seven round-headed arches, three of which are windows.  Above these - an almond-shaped window.

September 2014 

Stamford, St Leonard priory
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin

The Perpendicular tower of St Martin’s stands next to the High Street St Martin's, south of the town centre.

The entire building dates to the late 15th century, and has windows with 15th century glass – brought from Tattershall in the 18th century.

There are memorials within to members of the Cecil family, notably William Cecil, Lord Burghley d 1598, advisor to Queen Elizabeth.

September 2014

Stamford, St Martin church
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin

View from the north west.

September 2014

Stamford, St Martin church
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin

View of St Martin's church looking north along St Martin's.

card by Tuck, posted 1955

Stamford, St Martin church
Stamford, St Mary
Stamford, St Mary
Stamford, St Mary

An important landmark in the town, St Mary’s has a 13th century tower with Early English arcading supporting a broach spire dating from the14th century.

‘The most magnificent broach spire in England’ – Henry Thorold.

September 2011

Stamford, St Martin, Lord Burghley, William Cecil
Stamford, St Mary
Stamford, St Mary
Stamford, St Mary

View from the bridge over the Welland.

postcard dated 1904

Stamford, St Mary
Stamford, St Mary's Hill
Stamford, St Mary's Hill
Stamford, St Mary's Hill

Another view of St Mary's looking north along St Mary's Hill with the bridge over the Welland bfore the gentle slope up to the church.

1920s postcard

Stamford, St Mary';s Hill
Stamford, St Michael
Stamford, St Michael
Stamford, St Michael

St Michael’s is a substantial church in Early English style built in 1835 by John Brown of Norwich.

The church was declared redundant in 1974 and has been converted into shops.

September 2011 

Stamford, St Michael, John Brown
Stamford, Stamford School
Stamford, Stamford School
Stamford, Stamford School

Stamford School was founded in 1309 and established on the present site in 1548.

New buildings were erected in 1873 at a cost of £7000.

March 2016

Stamford, Stamford School
Stamford, Terra Cotta Works
Stamford, Terra Cotta Works
Stamford, Terra Cotta Works

The fine entrance to Blashfield's terra cotta works on Wharf Road, Stamford, have been retained even though the site behind has been completely redeveloped.

J N Blashfield moved from London to Stamford in 1859 and made ornamental and decorative tiles here.

J C Grant, agricultural implement maker and iron founder, had occupied the site for the previous 15 years.

The terra cotta works closed in 1875.


Ken Redmore, 2010

Stamford, Blashfield, terra cotta
Stamford, The Meadows
Stamford, The Meadows
Stamford, The Meadows

An attractive area of open meadowland has been retained alongside the Welland to the west of the town centre.

In this view the towers of four town churches can be seen: from the left, All Saints, St John Baptist, St Michael, and St Mary.

1920s postcard

Stamford, meadows
Stamford, Toll Bar
Stamford, Toll Bar
Stamford, Toll Bar

A Turnpike Trust was formed in 1762 for the road between Deeping and Morcott in Rutland.

The Newstead Toll Bar stood on what is now the A16 between Stamford and Uffington.

undated postcard

Stamford, turnpike toll bar, Newstead
Stamford, Town Bridge
Stamford, Town Bridge
Stamford, Town Bridge

The Town Bridge across the Welland which links the town to St Martin (to the right), once in Northamptonshire.

postcard 1925

Stamford, Town Bridge
Stamford, Town Bridge
Stamford, Town Bridge
Stamford, Town Bridge

An almost identical photograph to the previous one.

1920s postcard

Stamford, Town Bridge