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.

Minster thru flowers2

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.

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  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.

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