St Denys' Church is an Anglican parish church in the English market town
of Sleaford. Churches have existed on the site since at least 1086, but
the date of the present building's construction is unknown. The oldest
parts are the tower and spire, which date back to the late 12th and
early 13th centuries; the stone broach spire is one of the earliest
examples of its kind in England. The Decorated Gothic nave, aisles and
north transept were built in the 14th century. A new north aisle was
added by the local builders Kirk and Parry in 1853, and the tower and
spire were largely rebuilt in 1884 after being struck by lightning.
Built out of Ancaster stone with a lead roof, St Denys' is furnished
with a medieval rood screen and a communion rail, possibly by Sir
Christopher Wren, and has a peal of eight bells, dating to 1796. It
houses several memorials, including two altar tombs for members of the
Carre family, Sleaford's Lords of the Manor. A Grade I listed building,
it is "remembered for the flowing tracery of its windows" according to
the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner. Worship services are
still held at St Denys'.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Denys%27_Church,_Sleaford>
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