St. James Church, Louth

St. James Church, Louth

Parish church
name = St. James Church, Louth

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dedication = St. James
denomination = Church of England
tradition = Broad Church
parish = Louth, Lincolnshire
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archdeaconry =
diocese = Lincoln
province = York
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priest =
vicar =
vicar1 =
rector = Revd Canon Stephen Holdaway.
curate = Revd Dr Allan Barton
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minister =
assistant =
honpriest =
organistdom = Frederic Goodwin
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website = []
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St. James' Church, Louth is a parish church in the Church of England in Louth, Lincolnshire.


It is a medieval building. At convert|295|ft|m tall, it has the tallest spire in England of any Anglican parish church, and the second highest spire of any parish church after the Roman Catholic Church of St. Walburge, Preston.

The chancel and nave were re-built between 1430 and 1440 and the tower and spire was completed around 1515. The spire was restored in 1844 by Lewis Nockalls Cottingham. [The Buildings of England, Lincolnshire Nikolaus Pevsner]


There is a ring of eight bells in the tower case in 1726 by Daniel and John Hedderley in Derby.


The original Gray and Davison organ from 1857 was altered by Forster and Andrews in 1868/9. After a rebuilt in 1911 by Norman and Beard, it now has 37 stops and three manuals and pedals.


*John Hoyland 1819 - 1827
*William Hoyland 1829 - 1857
*George Dixon ???? - 1865
*John Porter 1866 - 1897
*Dennis Townhill 1949 - 1956 []
*Michael Nicholas 1960 - 1964
*Michael John Smith 1965 - 1966
*Frederic Goodwin

Assistant Organists

*Roger Harrison


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