White's Directory 1872 states :-
"The new Church of ST. PETER-EASTGATE, the foundation stone of which was laid Sept. 29, 1869, by W. H. Smyth, Esq., the D.P.G.M. of the Freemasons of Lincolnshire, was consecrated on St. Peter's day, 1870, and serves as the parish church of the united parishes of St. Peter-in Eastgate and St. Margaret-in-the-Close, which have formed one consolidated benefice since 1778, when the church of the former was rebuilt, and that of the latter taken down.
It is a handsome stone edifice, in the Early Geometrical style of architecture, erected upon the site of the old church, from the designs of A. W. Blomfield, Esq., a son of the well-known Bishop of London of that name, at a cost of about £3000, contributed by the parishioners.
It comprises nave, north chancel, vestry, and south porch, and in the western end is a gable turret with one bell.
The arcade of four pointed arches separating the nave from the aisle, is supported by cylindrical pillars of stone plainly moulded; and in the chancel, the floor of which, consisting of encaustic tiles, is considerably higher than that of the nave, are two stone sedilia, whose spandrils are ornamented with finely carved diaper-pattern work.
The building, which is fitted up with good open benches accommodating 500 persons, is heated by means of a hot water apparatus, and provided with a finely toned organ, built by Nicholson.
A beautifully stained glass window has been placed in the chancel in memory of the late incumbent, the Rev. George Rigg, by his brother; and a memorial window in the nave to Miss Harriott S. Smyth, is similarly embellished.
The benefice is a vicarage, valued at £300 a year, in the gift of the Bishop, and incumbency of the Rev. James M. Barrett, M.A., prebendary of Welton Rivall, and Diocesan inspector of schools, for whom a good Vicarage House was built a short distance from the church in 1870, by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, at an expense of £1,400.
The Rev. Alfred Halford Adcock, B.A., is curate; Mr. W. Dixon, organist; and Mr. Sharp, clerk".
DB 21 December 2019