Church Micro 5407....Stamford - St Martins
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Yo will need to make a note of the Priest's phone number 01780 ABCDEF to work out the final location......
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St. Martin's was founded by 1146, and possibly earlier. By 1473, the chancel was described as 'ruinous', and the church was entirely rebuilt during the second half of the 15th century; possibly c.1482. It is the only medieval church outside the town walls to survive. It used to be thought that the 1461 sack of Stamford by Lancastrian troops had badly damaged or virtually destroyed many of Stamford's churches, but now it is thought that the complete rebuilding of 2 churches, St. Martin's and St. John's, and the partial rebuilds of the other churches, stems more from the wealth of the town at that time, and the desire to build magnificent structures to worship in. St. Martin's church houses the tombs of the Cecil family, the earliest being that of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, who was Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I, and died in 1598. The north chapel was extended in 1865, the only Victorian addition to this complete Perpendicular style church. “If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication. There is also a Church Micro Stats & Information page found via the Bookmark list”