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St James' Church, Louth

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St. James' Church, Louth is a parish church in the Church of England in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. It is notable for its tall spire.HistoryThe church is a medieval building. It has the tallest steeple of any medieval parish church in Britain. A recent survey has confirmed the height of the stonework as 287ft and to the top of the cockerel weather vane as 293ft. It also confirms it as one of the very finest medieval steeples in the countryThe chancel and nave were re-built between 1430 and 1440. The building of the tower probably commenced in the 1440s or 1450s and had been completed to its present height by 1499. Work began on the spire in 1501 and it was not finished until 1515. The weathercock was placed on the top of the spire amongst great rejoicing on the eve of Holy Cross day Thursday 13 September 1515. This 'wedercoke' had been made in Lincoln from a huge copper basin captured from the Scots at the Battle of Flodden in 1513 and subsequently bought in York by Thomas Tayleyor one of the churchwardens. The total cost of the spire alone was £305 8s 4d,.The church is mainly 15th century and is the third building on the site, replacing 11th- and 13th-century buildings. Originally the church had five subsidiary chapels and altars and a three-storey rood screen.In October 1536, as a result of Henry VIII's ecclesiastical changes, people gathered in the church to start the Lincolnshire Rising, which was followed by the Pilgrimage of Grace. Neither succeeded and the church was stripped of its riches including the rood screen.
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  • Very nice to see a church that is open outside of a Sunday service. The staff made us very welcome and were happy to talk about the history of the building. Entry was free and it costs a £1 for a phot...  more »
  • We stayed in Louth for 4 nights walked up to the church but couldn't go in .It's a really large church for the size of the town.  more »
  • Wonderful place to visit. There are guides from April until October. You can climb to the top of the Spire for a small fee. There is a wonderful view from the top on a good day. The spire was built ov...  more »
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