All Saints

Visit the church and learn about Thomas Retford, who courageously gave his life for opposing the king’s destruction of the monasteries.

About this church

This beautiful atmospheric church dates back to the 12th century, but it was during the reign of Henry VIII that All Saints gained notoriety. 

Henry VIII was a formidable king and anyone courageous enough to oppose him knew the likely consequences. Henry was seeking to dismantle much of the traditional church in Lincolnshire. The King’s envoy was sent to Lincoln Cathedral to read out the King’s proclamation. Thomas Retford was present and he noticed that some of the most contentious passages were omitted and so he demanded that the document was read out in full. As a result of his actions he was put to death as a member of the ‘Lincolnshire Rising’.

All Saints contains beautiful carved stone medieval faces and a rare ‘Leper’s window’ that enabled succour to be passed to those with leprosy who had to stay outside the church. There is also an ancient sundial hidden in the stonework outside.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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