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St Mary

A curiously odd and delightfully intriguing church set beside the mighty river Trent.

Knaith, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Our church is normally closed other than for advertised services. Please telephone any of our Key Holders to arrange access: 01427 611696, 01427 613005, 07771 417085.


Gainsborough Road
DN21 5PE

St Mary's curious appearance reflects an unusual and calamitous history. The church dates from the 12th century and has interesting features including a superb English Decorated period Gothic Font, a fine Jacobean pulpit complete with tester, delightfully rustic medieval pew ends and an unusual altar Baldacchino amongst other amazing artefacts.

By tradition and belief, our quaint and delightfully odd little church of St Mary Knaith, in its charming setting once formed some part of the monastic complex of Heynings Priory. A free guided tour of our church is available with tales of naughty nuns, civil war intrigue, and fabulous fortunes won, lost and given away. A history of the church and two leaflets are also available.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Social heritage stories

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Dog friendly

  • Parking within 250m

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

Contact information

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