St George’s Church

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4/5

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Date of travel

March, 2019

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Reasons for trip

This is one of Stamford Medieval churches. Surrounded by its small graveyard and C18th buildings, it is a short walk from the town centre.

There has been a church here since the C13th although the present building is C15th. The tower is unusual as it is rectangular rather than square and was rebuilt in the C17th. The transepts, and side aisles were restored in the C19th when the population of Stamford was growing rapidly. With its battlemented roof line, it is an impressive building.

It is an attractive church with a very modern feel. The C19th pews and choir stalls have been replaced by chairs and there is modern music and TV screen. Today St George’s is a vibrant evangelical church, attracting all ages, with three services each Sunday. The chancel with its wooden rerdos, C18th memorials and stained glass window no longer feels the focus of the service.

The lovely painted chancel ceiling with its angels is C15th. William Bruges who was a major benefactor of the church, was buried in the chancel and asked to be looked down on by carved angels in the roof.

The stone font has been moved to the end of the south aisle, beneath the small war memorial with St George and the dragon.

Apart from Sunday services the church is locked, unless you plan a visit for a Friday morning when it is open for coffee and cakes. It was very busy when I called in and had a good selection of cakes (donations) and welcoming parishoners. This does feel a church that is relevant to the C21st.

There is no car parking for the church and the nearest car park is on Wharf Road a couple of minutes walk away. The post code is PE9 2BN and the grid reference is TF 032071.

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