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St Mary's Church
St Mary on the Sea Church
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Coordinates: 53°34′04″N 0°04′15″W / 53.5678°N 0.0707°W / 53.5678; -0.0707
Location Grimsby
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Active
Dedication Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Designated 30 June 1999
Architect(s) Matthew Ellison Hadfield
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1880
Completed 19 August 1883
Parish St Mary on the Sea and St John Fisher
Deanery Grimsby
Diocese Nottingham
Province Westminster

St Mary's Church or its full name St Mary on the Sea Church is a Roman Catholic Parish Church in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. It was built from 1880 to 1883. It is situated on the corner of Heneage Road and Wellington Street in the town centre. It was designed by Hadfield and Son and is a Grade II listed building.



In 1858, Sir John Sutton, a local landowner bought the site for the church, but died before building on it started. In 1880, more than thirty years after the purchase of the site, did construction begin. The majority of the cost was paid for by Thomas Young of Kingerby Hall, who also paid for the building of several other churches in Lincolnshire. The church was designed by Matthew Ellison Hadfield and his son Charles Hadfield, who was also the architects for Salford and Sheffield cathedrals. The initial plan for the church was that it would be double the size of what was built, but it would have been too expensive, so a smaller than planned church was built. On 19 August 1883, the church was opened by the Bishop of Nottingham, Edward Bagshawe.

The sacred heart altar was designed by Pugin & Pugin. It was given to the church by Georgina Fraser, the daughter of George Heneage and sister of Baron Heneage.

The church has some stained-glass windows designed by the studio Hardman & Co.

Reordering and redecoration

In 1908, wall paintings were added to the sanctuary. They were made in the studio of Nathaniel Westlake. Other paintings were added in the 1930s, such as a dado frieze depicting fish that went along the interior perimeter of the church.

In the 1960s, the wall paintings were covered over with paint. In 1979, the church was reordered and a new altar and lectern were installed. In 1983, a narthex was created at the back of the church.

In the 2000s, efforts were made to uncover the wall paintings. In addition, the organ, from the 1920s was also restored.


St John Fisher Church in Scartho is also part of the same parish as St Mary's Church. St John Fisher Church has one Sunday Mass at 6:00pm on Saturday evening. It also has a Saturday morning Mass at 10:00am

St Mary's Church has one Sunday Mass at 9:30am. At the church, during the week there are Masses at 9:30am on Monday, 12:15pm on Wednesday and 12:15pm on Friday.

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