St Lawrence

The church has close associations with Bardney Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 697 by King Ethelred of Mercia.

Bardney, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Open daily, dawn to dusk.


Church Lane

In 679, Queen Osthryth sought to move the bones of her uncle, St Oswald, to rest there. The monks refused acceptance and the coffin was locked outside. Overnight a light appeared and shone upwards from his bier. The monks declaring this was a miracle and accepted the body into the abbey, hanging the King's Purple and Gold banner over the tomb. They removed the great doors to the Abbey so that such a mistake could not occur again.

St Lawrence is a large grade I listed church, originally built around 1434. It has a brick chancel which is constructed from the same bricks used to build nearby Tattershall Castle. It is now home to a wonderful display and exhibition of Bardney Abbey and its troubled history. In 1537, six of the Bardney Abbey monks were executed for their role in the Lincolnshire Rising and finally in 1538, the Abbey was disbanded and its property seized during the Dissolution of the Monasteries campaign started by Henry VIII. Parts of the demolished abbey were used to build the church.

St Lawrence contains many treasures including interesting murals depicting saints, beautiful carved angels in the roof timbers as well as a 19th century reredos, 5th century piscina and a 14th century figure originally from the Abbey. At the west end of the nave is an incised slab to Abbot Richard Horncastle, who died in 1508, and three painted wooden panels recording charitable donations. Well worth a look is the east window by Kempe, featuring the crucifixion in the centre, with Mary and St John the Apostle. Far left is St Lawrence and the griddle, and far right is St Oswald.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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