Our Lady & St Peter

An attractive late Victorian church, originally intended as a dual purpose school and chapel.

About this church

Woodhall Spa, though founded circa 1838, flourished only in the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.

The London architect, R Adolphus Came laid out a planned development in 1887 and subsequently settled in the town, designing many of its buildings, including the Catholic church. Came’s original drawings remain in the Diocesan archives. They show that the building was intended as a ‘chapel or school room’ but there is no evidence that it was ever used for the latter purpose. The sanctuary was never built and the drawings show entrance by a north porch, also never built, entry always being from the west.

A bomb landed near the church in 1943. The damage was so extensive that repair was at first considered impracticable. Extensions and alterations were made in 2000 and 2007.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

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

Other nearby churches


St Peter

St Peter's was designed by famous Victorian architect, Hodgson Fowler and although only just over a hundred years old it already has an interesting history.

Woodhall Spa Methodist Church

The first Methodist church in Woodhall Spa was built in 1899 before which worshippers had to go to the chapel at nearby hamlet of Kirkstead.


St Leonard

This tiny chapel may well have been built as a chantry chapel in memory of Robert de Tattershall who died in 1212 and whose effigy it is thought to be, lies beside the altar.

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