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

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

Stow, St Mary church, choir
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, Norman Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Norman Doorway
Stow, St Mary, Norman Doorway

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

It was restored in the 19th century.

Undated postcard

Stow, St Mary church, Norman doorway,
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.

Undated postcard

Stow, St Mary church, Saxon doorway,