Not an easy church to take exterior photos, so I took lots of interior ones of the beautiful church of St James’s, Louth in Lincolnshire. We had a short holiday on the Lincolnshire coast last week and the weather was stunning, we stopped at Louth for a tea break and I had a chance to explore the church.
For over a thousand years there has been a church in this spot. This building was originally dated from the 12th century was rebuilt in about 1247 and again in 1447. Restoration work was carried out in 1869.
The door was fully open and there was a lady to welcome you, in a fully dedicated shop of books and other souvenirs of the church, which is fine if it makes money for the up keep of the building and more importantly, keeps the church open for those of us who wish to visit.
The first thing this strikes you is the beautiful light that streams through the windows and then the angel roof, which I was not expecting and was a delightful surprise, there is nothing more than I love when walking into a church, is to find angels waiting for me to photograph them.
From the church booklet: The roof of the nave was restored in 1825, in which year an item occurs in the churchwarden accounts ‘Two men and fifteen woman washing and cleaning the church after the roof was finish’
The splendid ceiling is Georgian and dates from 1825, in 1822 the vestry decided to ask for surveys and reports of the roofs of the church. £2,500 was borrowed from the Exchequer and then re-roofing the nave and aisle roofs began. In 1988 the friends of the church decided to clean the roof and restored the Baltic pine to is original colour by stripping off the black varnish and treating the timber with beeswax. The plaster angels and the bosses were repainted in Georgian colours and the whole operation cost £38,000.
There were also other creatures waiting for me, corbels in the nave, with some illustrating the individual masons’s reaction to his work: imagination, love and humour.
There are beautiful stained glass windows down each of the aisles, making colour light spill across the benches.
There is so much to see in this beautiful church, but I had three males waiting for me and one straining at the leash, so please enjoy the following photos as much as I did taking them.
My never ending patience husband, who is not praying, but reading his messages, with Eddie and Toffee.