St Mary's Church, Horncastle

St Mary's Church, Horncastle

The church's west facade, facing the market place
OS grid reference TF 25855 69555[1]
Country  United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St. Mary
Parish Horncastle
Deanery Horncastle
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Rector The Revd Charles Patrick[2]
Asst Curate(s) The Revd Sam Parsons[2]
Churchwarden(s) Michael Hieatt,[2]
Helen Marshall[2]

St. Mary's Church, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, dates from the early 13th century and is dedicated to Saint Mary. It serves the Ecclesiastical Parish of Horncastle and a grade II* listed building that was heavily restored by Ewan Christian between 1859 and 1861.[1]


It is thought that a Roman church once stood on the site. This appears to have been succeeded by a Saxon Minister, although construction of the present building started c.1250.

The building appears to have experienced two major works of restoration:[3]

Whilst remaining in regular use as the Parish Church of Horncastle, by 2001 a Roman Catholic congregation was also using the building for its Mass on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and continues to have Mass there at that time.[4]


The building is dominated by three architectural styles:[1][3]

There are also some Georgian influences (such as the heavily restored 14th century piscina, which may be found in the chancel's south wall).


Horncastle Parish is part of the South Wolds Group of Churches, which was inaugurated by Bishop John of Lincoln during a service in St Mary’s Horncastle on 7 November 2010.[5] This benefice is sub divided into three groups:

Past clergy of note

These include:

Monuments and burials


  1. 1 2 3 Historic England. "St Marys Church, Horncastle (1168259)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Horncastle Group Parish Magazine". August 2016.
  3. 1 2 "A Tour of St Mary's Horncastle". St Mary's Church, Horncastle. Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  4. Woodhall Spa Catholic Parish Newsletter 26th October 2014
  5. "The South Wolds Group". St Mary's Church, Horncastle. Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Retrieved 10 April 2012.

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Coordinates: 53°12′25″N 0°07′15″W / 53.206838°N 0.120875°W / 53.206838; -0.120875

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