St Wulfram's Church, Grantham. by Ray Clarke

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St Wulfram’s Church Grantham, England.
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Featured in “Religious Architecture” September 2011

St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham is a parish church in the Church of England in Grantham in Lincolnshire.

In his book, England’s Thousand Best Churches, Simon Jenkins describes St Wulfram’s Church as having the finest steeple in England.


The church is dominated by its spire, 282 feet (86 m) high. It is

the sixth highest in the country.the fourth highest of any parish church in the UK, after Church of St. Walburge, Preston, St. James Church, Louth, and St Mary Redcliffe.the third highest of any Anglican parish church in the UK, after St. James Church, Louth and St Mary Redcliffe,the second highest in Lincolnshire (after St. James Church, Louth).

[edit] Library

The church is also home to the country’s first public library. In 1598, Francis Trigge, the rector of Welbourn gave £100 for a small library of books for the clergy and literate laity of Grantham. Two hundred and fifty of the original volumes remain and are kept in the parish church.
[edit] Organ

The organ dates from 1736 by John Harris and John Byfield but has had several re-builds including those by George Pike England in 1809, and 1833, Forster and Andrews between 1845 and 1868, Norman and Beard in 1906 and Rushworth and Dreaper in 1952, Cousans in 1972, and by Wood in 1994.

The current organ specification can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

    Great shot, Ray, and interesting info! I find esp. the library part of it very interesting… never thought of that… that some time, someone just thought of making a ‘private’ collection of books ‘public’ – and in that way started the first ‘public library’… Amazing!

  • Thanks for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Great pov, beautiful church,

  • Thanks Audrey!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    a great image, ray

  • Thanks for your comment Martina!

    – Ray Clarke

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Ray.

  • Thank so much for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Beautiful church and capture, Ray!!

  • Thank you Carol!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture! I love the bright bits of color throughout.

  • Thanks for your comment Susan!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Great shot Ray !
    The spire certainly is dominant !

  • Thanks for your comment Trish!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 3 years ago

    Not only a great shot Ray, but a very informative narrative ecellent

  • Thanks so much for your comment Malcolm!

    – Ray Clarke

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 3 years ago

    Great composition and capture leading the eye to the spire. Interesting info too Ray.

  • Your comment is most appreciated Tony!

    – Ray Clarke

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