Town church celebrates 150 years

One of Louth’s landmark buildings celebrates its 150th anniversary this month.

St Michael’s Church was built in 1863 by renowned architect James Fowler.

To mrk this historic occasion there will be an Open Day at the church on Saturday May 25 and on the 26th the Sunday service will be celebrated by the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln.

St Michael’s has borrowed the original architect illustrations from the Cathedral Archives, consisting of over 60 pencil and ink drawings with beautiful details of the flooring, door furniture, windows and brickwork patterns.

Twenty of the best of the illustrations will be displayed at the Open Day giving an insight to the original plans for the church.

The Rev Nick Brown, the new Vicar of the Louth parish, said: “Alongside the exhibition of illustrations we will also be displaying some of the local history, old photos and articles as well as the beautiful vestments belonging to the church.

“There will be a book sale including the newly printed edition of the History of St Michael’s Church, refreshments and quiz sheets.

“Guides will be available to tell more of the history of the church itself and a little of the priests and congregation who have served at the church over the past 150 years.

“We are really looking forward to meeting visitors to the church, so do pop along and have a look around, and if you have photos from St Michael’s from perhaps your wedding or a baptism, we’d love to see those too”.

The Open Day with free entry, will be held from 10am to 4pm, and the service on Sunday is at the later than usual time of 10am.

Everyone is welcome. Further information can be found on the Parish website

James Fowler was a Victorian architect who ws also Mayor of Louth five times.

His work includes St James’s Church, parts of the grammar school and the Orme Almshouses in Louth, De Aston School in Market Rasen and St Peter’s Church in Saltfleetby.