Welcome to the Minster Church of St Mary, Stow in Lindsey, the Stow Group of  Churches and the Friends of Stow Minster.


For many centuries Stow has been a small country village, but its origins lie at the heart of the Christian mission and ministry to North Lincolnshire and the ancient Kingdom of Lindsey.

Traditionally, a Minster was a Church which provided both a worshipping heart and an administrative centre from which Christian ministers and missionaries were sent out to the local countryside and villages.

Stow Minster remarkably still has such a worshipping heart and a desire to serve whilst being considered by many to be amongst the best tourist sites and visitor attractions in Lincolnshire.

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In addition to St Mary’s, the Stow Group of Churches, in the Diocese of Lincoln, includes St Helen, Willingham by Stow; St Edith, Coates by Stow; and St Peter, Torksey, all medieval foundations, with their own fascinating history. We also care for the now dual purpose Victorian Mission Church of St Hugh, Sturton by Stow.

Enjoy Stow , We are here for you. Why don’t you come inside?

You are very welcome.

2 Responses to Home

  1. George Hillard says:

    I remain puzzled by the small arch in the North transept. I cannot believe that it was built about the same time as the ‘big church’ (11th century, roughly). It looks nothing like any other part of the church. It does, and it is pointed out by scholars, resemble the arch
    at Escomb. I believe that there is scant evidence for a date, but weren’t old foundations discovered outside the current wall? (and now under the sacristy) The date 871 AD is mentioned by some, but they point out that there is no real documentation. There are some interesting questions–and possible answers–as to why the older arch would be re-
    tained in new construction, but I think others did it, even if they were filled in.

  2. Naomi Field says:

    This door in the south wall of the north transept originally gave access to a porticus on the north side of the nave. Excavations in 1983 that were carried out in advance of the construction of the present vestry extension found the foundations for this chapel and the foundations of the original nave that burnt down and was rebuilt in the 12th century. The Saxon nave was shorter than its 12th century successor, being approximately the same length as the transepts and the Saxon chancel (which was extended in the 19th century). Unfortunately part of the area north of the nave was much disturbed by the foundations for the Victorian vestry, and its boiler house below. The stair turret to the tower was also moved to this part of the church when the vestry was built in 1863. It had previously stood inside the church obscuring the north side of the arch leading from the nave into the crossing. All this has resulted in any evidence for the relationship of the porticus foundations to those of the transept being destroyed. A similar arrangement for a porticus on the south side of the church has been suggested (as the stonework is very jumbled and may represent a blocked in opening) but so far no opportunity has arisen for investigating the possibility.

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