Sunday, October 12, 2014

St Swithins from Waterside

Photograph © Gerald England.

Looking through some old photographs I recently re-discovered this one taken in September 2003.

It shows the spire of St Swithins church, Lincon taken from Waterside.

As can be seen there is a derelict plot of land behind the fencing and a modern building now completely blocks this view.

© Dave Hitchborne and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Dave Hitchborne's photo is from 2004 and he writes
St Swithin, near Sheep market, was nearly destroyed by fire in 1644. It was rebuilt in stone in 1801. It saw a period of neglect and it was taken down in 1884. The replacement was built on the Sheep square and the foundation stone for the present church was laid on Easter Day 1869 by Bishop Wordsworth. It was designed by James Fowler the Louth Architect and financed by Alfred Shuttleworth the Lincoln Industrialist and was finished in 1887. This building seats about 1,000 and the register, due to the fire, only dates back to 1685. An item of particular interest is a pagan Roman altar which was discovered during excavations for the tower, and this is kept on display.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.


  1. Gerald,
    I like the shot of the steeple from afar. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  2. hey Gerald, i enjoy your angles of catching this beauty. it is one that can not be missed.

    have a lovely day. ( :

  3. It's so interesting to read the history of so many churches that burned or were destroyed and needed to be rebuilt. This is a beauty...

  4. Excellent photos! Interesting about the Roman altar.

  5. Interesting church, must look out for it if I'm in Lincon