St James’ Church

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St. James’ Church is the historic parish and civic church of Louth. The mainly 15th century parish church, the third building on the site succeeding 11th and 13th century structures, is widely recognised (e.g. Pevsner, Jenkins) as one of our finest late medieval churches. It also has the tallest steeple of any medieval parish church in Britain.

St James’ Church is a working church as well as serving the town for major occasions such as large scale concerts. Visitors may see the magnificent church spire as they cross the Wolds to reach Louth but nothing prepares them for the sight of the interior of the building with its soaring Baltic pine roof decorated with angels and bosses. The Angel chapel preserves two of the original medieval carved angels as evidence of the roof’s original splendour.

By Mike Whittaker
By Richard Croft