Welcome to St Peter-at-Gowts with St Andrew’s
A Brief Chronology of St Peter-at-Gowts Church
100: The excavations at St Mary's Guildhall (SMG 82), immediately north of St Peter-at-Gowts church, revealed evidence of 1st - 5th century Romano-British occupation on that site, including two timber-framed buildings dating to the 3rd - 5th century. A "possible" winged Romano-British deity (Arimanius) is depicted on a re-used carved stone that is set high in the western face of the church tower.
11thC: The church consisted of a Nave and Chancel only; the western end of the Nave, to this day, retains its distinctive Anglo-Saxon "long-and-short" quoins (cornerstones).
1066: A Tower was added to the western end of the Nave, sometime in the late 11th century. The construction of the Tower, and the consequent westerly extension of the churchyard, in turn contributed to slightly modifying the alignment of the High Street.
12thC: A North Aisle had been added; and the Chancel extended, which (judging by the pre-1852 plan) was slightly longer than the Nave. Both of these structural additions were thus in the Norman style.
13thC: The South Aisle was added.
1347: The South Chapel was founded at the east end of the South Aisle by Ralph Jolif (Radulphus Jolyf); a Lincoln merchant.
1560: There were 58 families residing in the parish.
1780: The effigies of Ralph Jolif and his wife Amicia were removed from the South Chapel.
1848: The railway arrives in Lincoln and the parish population size consequently rises.
1872: The church receives six bells from MEARS AND STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON
1845: The church's west door (in the Tower) had been unblocked and restored, by this date.
1852: Under the supervision of W. A. Nicholson, the church underwent a major period of renovation (1852-1853), which involved adding a new (replacement) North Aisle and modifications to the Chancel.
1883: The nearby Ecclesiastical parish of St Andrew was established.
1887: The church underwent a second period of major restoration in 1887-1888, under the direction of Charles Hodgson Fowler. The Chancel was rebuilt / extended and a two-storey North East Chapel / Organ Chamber was also added.
It was at St Peter-at-Gowts church (4th December 1887), that Bishop Edward King was reported by some Parishioners and prosecuted (1888-1890) for "Ritualistic Practices"; firstly before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward White
Benson, and then, on appeal, before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
1920: The Rood Cross and the War Memorial tablet (on the south wall of the Nave) were erected. They were the last work of the architect Mr Temple Moore.
1968: The church of St Andrew was closed and demolished.
1980: The St Peter-at-Gowts parish became known as the parish of St Peter-at-Gowts and St Andrew.
1984: The area beneath the Organ Gallery was re-ordered into a Chapel dedicated to St Andrew. The area was carpeted by the Parochial Church Council and the altar table (dated 1671) was given to St Peter's by the Revd. Canon P.C. Hawker, Vicar of the neighbouring parish of St Botolph by Bargate. The chapel was dedicated by The Bishop of Grantham on May 6th 1984.
The PCC sold their mission church in Vernon Street and purchased a long lease on the South Range of the St Mary's Guildhall complex and paid for its restoration to become St Peter-at-Gowts' Church Hall.
Today the church continues to be a vibrant and welcoming community always seeking ways in which it can be relevant in the 21st century. With a ministry team of over a dozen our aim is to be available for people whether in the occasional offices such as weddings and christenings or to those in need such as people who are homeless. This coupled with a desire to make worship both dignified and fun makes for an interesting mix. If you would like to visit you would be more than welcome. Come along to services, or browse the website notice board.