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St James's 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. At 295ft tall, it has the tallest spire of any medieval parish church in England, and is second only to the 19th-century Roman Catholic Church of St. Walburge in Preston, Lancashire.The chancel and nave were re-built between 1430 and 1440. Work began on the spire in 1501 and it was completed around 1515. The cost was £305-7s-4d (£305.37p), a large amount of money for the time. The spire was restored in 1844 by Lewis Nockalls Cottingham. A further restoration took place between 1861 and 1869 by James Fowler, known as 'Fowler of Louth'.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-story 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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  • Parked the car and took a walk around this church. The architecture is stunning and so tall! The sun came out and it was a splendid site  more »
  • Tallest parish church steeple in England, amazing views from the steeple, but not in summer when the peregrines nest. Coffee is available with usually a small but home made selection of goodies.  more »
  • I've popped to Louth scores of times over the years and never took the time to pause and take in this magnificent icon of thought control. Because I was passing to check the Meridian Line, I decided t...  more »
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  • Lovely church. Loud bells. They go all night. I live opposite.
  • climb the spire and you will know why i have rated this