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St James Church

 

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  • St James' is the tallest medieval parish church in the United Kingdom. Only Norwich Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral have taller spires.
  • In 1515 the cost of the spire was 305-7s-4d. Putting this in perspective, master-mason Hugh Grantham's house in York which contained a great hall, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a wine cellar was worth 30.
  • The spire sits atop a fine lantern tower with two tiers of windows, and fine vaulting and ceiling bosses covered in gold gilt.
  • Following the Lincolnshire Rebellion against the Dissolution of the Monasteries the church was badly damaged by the forces of the King who demolished the 5 chapels attached to it. The vicar of the church was executed at Tyburn for Treason.
  • St James' is one of the few churches to still have the original treadwheel installed in the tower for raising and lowering the bells into and out of the bell chamber.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
1950
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
17-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
6 Upgate, Louth. LN11 6ET
Council
East Lindsey District Council
County
Lincolnshire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1247
Completion date
1515
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
89.90
Pinnacle Type
Spire

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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