Lincolnshire Archives reveal county churches’ history

A number of county’s oldest and most interesting churches will have their histories revealed at the Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln this month.

On November 23, the Lincolnshire Archives on St Rumbold Street will host an exhibition of different churches’ historical documents, many rarely seen.

The documents chart various alterations to the buildings, uses, condition and more from throughout the religious premises’ life.

Some of the ancient buildings may even have gone from grand and elaborate to derelict, abandoned or even lost.

Churches featuring in the free exhibition include the county’s last thatched church, St Peter’s in Markby, the recently-destroyed St George’s in Goltho and the Saxon Stow Minster.

From Steps to Steeples will run from 10.30am until 3pm on November 23.

Mike Rogers, collections access team leader, said: “The diocese was once the biggest and most significant in the country, a staggeringly important powerhouse in the nation’s religious and political life.

“This exhibition charts how local churches have changed down the centuries, from the 11th century, through the middle ages, the Reformation and civil war, Victorian restoration and new building, right up to today.”

“Using original documents such as plans, photographs, illustrations, visitation records and inventories, visitors will be able to explore the architecture and interior of parish churches and consider how they have changed over time.”