St Mary & St Nicolas Church

St Mary & St Nicolas Church, Spalding

St Mary & St Nicolas Church

St Mary & St Nicolas Church
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9:00 AM - 5:00 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
About
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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Roger Alderton
Spalding, UK10 contributions
A CHURCH MASTERPIECE
Dec 2019
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
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Travellerclass
Farnham, UK720 contributions
Very Impressive
May 2019 • Couples
We stopped off in Spalding for a bite to eat but first visited this amazing Church. It is visually very impressive and going inside to view the stain glass windows and roof structure etc is a must. I know some people will say a church is a church but as one of the oldest building's in Spalding it does stand out.
Written May 9, 2019
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Written May 10, 2019
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK2,320 contributions
A splendid church
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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Daniel C
Spalding, UK6 contributions
Regular Visits
Dec 2018 • Family
Very calm warm place, live piano, well maintained and very clean. The staff and the musical team are always very supportive.
Written December 8, 2018
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hungryveganfamily
Nottingham, UK142 contributions
Beautiful church with a warm atmosphere
Aug 2018 • Family
Great architecture & carvings. Stained glass ancient and modern. Wonderful that it is open & has a thriving community. Be sure to find the Tudor vicarage that stands behind the church. Even has nappy changing facilities!
Written August 27, 2018
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jane c
10 contributions
A most attractive church
Jun 2018 • Couples
Lots of interesting things to see inside, with a rather beautifully decorated chancel roof. Useful information leaflet available.
Written June 30, 2018
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Heather B
Cambridge, UK34 contributions
Stunning! Visit just to see the stained glass windows alone!
Aug 2017
A beautiful exterior, original church plus extensions. Very impressive tower that can be spotted from some distance. Inside almost every side of the church has outstanding stained glass, many windows depicting local history. There are some really interesting points to look for in the church. And this is the ONLY church I have evr visted where the information is available in 7 different languages, someone has gone to all that effort to "share" this with visitors. How special is that? Entrance is free with ample parking close by. Go and see this remarkable church....then think how hard the parishoners have to work to raise the funds to keep it in good order.
Written August 11, 2017
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Janice751
Market Deeping, UK126 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2017 • Solo
Have not been to a service at this church but visited twice for my grandson's speechdays, which were held there,
Next door to Ascoughy Gardens and tea rooms.
Written July 13, 2017
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Adrian S
Lincoln, UK72 contributions
A hidden gem
May 2017 • Solo
I visited this church recently and I think along with the neighbouring hall it can only be described as a hidden gem. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I only wish I'd taken longer to explore it once I got there. Unfortunately the way Spalding has developed means that the church can be challenging to find by someone unfamiliar with the town. I was glad that I found it when I did though. I picked up a guide book and there is certainly significant history attached to the church.
Written May 8, 2017
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Thank you.
Written May 10, 2017
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Ken C
Boston, UK1,560 contributions
Spalding Parish Church - well worth a visit
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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Frequently Asked Questions about St Mary & St Nicolas Church

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