St Mary & St Nicolas Church

St Mary & St Nicolas Church

St Mary & St Nicolas Church
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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St Mary and St Nicolas is the historic parish church of Spalding built in 1284. It is open every day for visitors. There are four Sunday services. At 11am and 6.30pm a large choir of boys and men lead the singing.
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  • mkp68
    London, United Kingdom135 contributions
    Architectural Gem going back to the 13th century
    Beautiful and tranquil, welcoming and majestic. Hidden architectural secrets. Vast but not intimidating . The unique tiled decoration to the ceiling is fabulous and stained glass is just fabulous and is worthy of the VA museum.
    Written June 29, 2022
  • Roger Alderton
    Spalding, United Kingdom10 contributions
    A CHURCH MASTERPIECE
    This magnificent Church Of England Parish Church is outstanding as a place of worship and a very friendly staff of clergy and choir . We came here for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols prior to Christmas and having participated in the lovely music and singing were offered refreshment afterwards with no payment required , just a collection during the service. This is the way to start the Christmas Festival .
    Written January 7, 2020
  • Neil M
    Peterborough, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Marvellous choir
    Spalding has managed to fend off the destructive forces that almost completely destroyed our tradition of parish choirs. Here you can find an all male choir of good quality with enthusiastic boys, men and teenagers. The success of the choir can be measured by the number of boys who stay on to sing with the men when their voices break. This choir sings music of quality that takes effort and skill, not infantile ditties.
    Traveled solo
    Written July 17, 2016
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Tim W
Spalding, UK19 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
A bit 'high church' I am pleased to say. A lack of happy clappy during the services. They seem to have a number of events every year - mainly school-based. The people seem very kind and the vicar believes in God - whatever next!
Written January 14, 2016
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Douglas G
Isle of Portland, UK520 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
The church is a real focus for the Spalding community. It is also a beautiful accessible church architecturally. It's location next to Ayscoughfee Hall and the Riverside, it may get overlooked but together they really do set the heart of the town off. It is open and welcomes visitors as a successful thriving church. Well worth your time if in Spalding.
Written January 15, 2016
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RosaleenNora
Allensbach, Germany3 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
I visit this peaceful church every time I visit family in Spalding. It is not a big church but it is joy to visit. A wander around the inside of the building and the graveyard outside is for me a calming experience. Clearly the church community is alive and active, they care for their beautiful church and respect its long history.
Written January 12, 2016
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durham05
Durham, UK1,232 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
This is a really lovely church and I found the people very friendly and helpful. It was being used for a concert when I visited but they were happy for me to look around. The shop looks good (it was shut when I was there) and I will definitely make a bee-line to this church when I'm next in Spalding.
Written December 4, 2014
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK3,686 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Not only is this the oldest building in Spalding, it must also be considered one of the most impressive. It reflects the wealth and important status of Medieval Spalding.

The church is a few minutes walk from the shopping centre and along the River Welland. It is a big building - almost too big to photograph and the best views are from the garden of the adjacent Ascoughfee Hall.

The inside is equally impressive with its double side aisle. There is much to stop and enjoy. There are free leaflets that highlight the main features, or a guide book with lots of pictures.

look for the wood angels of the nave ceiling and the beautifully painted chancel ceiling. Admire the funeral hatchments displayed above the arches in the nave. These displayed the coat of arms of the diseased and were carried on the coffin before being hung on the walls of the deceased house before being placed in the church.

There is a beautiful C19th rood cross handing from the chancel arch and don't miss the reredos of St George's Chapel with the names of the dead of Spalding from World War One on either side of Christ crucified.

The mid C20th windows in the south aisle are beautiful. Look for the potato pickers and workers picking tulips in the middle window.

Sit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere...
Written March 9, 2019
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Ken C
Boston, UK1,562 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
There was a Benedictine in the town from 1051 to 1540. This Church was built by the Priory, being started in 1284.It was completed in 1293 with later alterations and additions. It was restored under the direction of Sir George Gilbert Scott from 1865-7 including the removal of high box pews and a high pulpit. More recent work includes the rebuilding and moving of the organ, four new stained-glass windows and a vestry.

After wandering around the churchyard looking at the exterior I went inside. It is indeed beautiful and peaceful. Despite the alterations and 'modernisations' the Church retains a traditional appearance. The stained glass windows are particularly noteworthy especially on a sunny day. The Lectern is in the shape of an eagle. Next to it is a memorial plaque to members of the forces and civilians of the Parish who were killed in World War Two. Around the building there are also memorials to various local people or families too.

Although I've seen it in other Churches, I find it a little bizarre to have found gravestones reused within the building in the aisles where they will be worn by countless feet over the years.

The Rood Screen between the Pulpit and the Lectern is an impressive carved wooden structure, dark wood (stained?) but against the light from from above and behind.

The main entrance is the West Door, with an impressive stained-glass window above. The facade seems a little out of balance with the tower offset to the south side. The exterior is adorned with carved stonework which has stood up well to the weather.

This Church is worth a hour of your time if just to take in the craftsmanship that has gone into creating it.
Written October 27, 2016
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Bryan_Cash
Trowbridge, UK99 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
This is just what a parish church should be. Very welcoming but a quiet and peaceful oasis where it is so easy to relax and just rest awhile. There's a car park on the doorstep so it is easy to visit and if you are in Spalding you shouldn't miss the parish church.
Plenty of services to attend too from ancient to modern. Just right.
Written April 2, 2016
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JOGGAJU
Spalding, UK118 contributions
Apr 2015
A beautiful church in the market town of Spalding. Set next to the river Welland and Ayscoughfee Hall Museum this church is a must see if you visit the town. Open daily (unless special service being held)
Written October 14, 2015
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janet c
Spalding, UK22 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
An interesting place to visit, either on your own or with family including youngsters.
In May there is a flower festival which is well worth a visit.
Written August 12, 2015
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durham05
Durham, UK1,232 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
Made a second trip as I was in Spalding for a few days. Lovely church, well maintained. Very peaceful and quite a lot to see.
Written August 6, 2015
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St Mary & St Nicolas Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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