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St Swithin’s Church, Lincoln
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Coordinates: 53°13′45″N 00°32′14″W / 53.22917°N 0.53722°W / 53.22917; -0.53722
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Charismatic Evangelical Anglican
Status In use
Functional status Parish Church
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Architect(s) James Fowler
Groundbreaking 1869
Completed 1887
Parish Lincoln, St Swithin
Diocese Diocese of Lincoln
Vicar(s) Revd Jim Prestwood
Curate(s) Revd Matt Rogers

St. Swithin’s Church, Lincoln is a Grade II* listed parish church located on St Swithin's Square, Lincoln, England.


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The nave and chancel
Greyfriars, Lincoln
The ruins of the original St Swithin's Church and the Greyfriars, Lincoln c.1784

The original church of St Swithin, was near the Sheep Market. It suffered a bad fire in 1644 during the English Civil War. It was rebuilt in stone in 1801. This was replaced with a new building on Sheep Square. The foundation stone was laid on Easter Day 1869 by the Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Wordsworth.

The church was built to designs of the architect, James Fowler of Louth and financed by Alfred Shuttleworth, a Lincoln industrialist. The nave and aisles were built between 1869 and 1871, the chancel was completed in 1879, and the construction of the tower and spire took place between 1884 and 1887.

Nikolaus Pevsner described the church as "without doubt his (James Fowler's) most important church."

During the construction a Roman altar was discovered.

The church contains a west window which was made by A L Moore & Co.

The church was listed as Grade II* in 1973.

Present day

In October 2014, St Swithin's Church was relaunched, at the invitation of the Bishop of Lincoln, by a planting team from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in the Diocese of London led by Revd Jim Prestwood.

The church building is currently closed. The church currently meets online at 10.30am and 6.30pm each week.


St.Swithin's church interior - - 790910
Chancel and organ

Details of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


  • John Pullein 1896–1903
  • A. A. Osborne 1903–1917
  • Gerald Conran Hodgson 1917–1937
  • Michael Boltz 2010–2014


A single bell of 3 cwt and 21 pounds was supplied in 1851, cast by Messrs Mears. It is currently described as unringable.

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