The Church of St Lawrence

The Church of St Lawrence

From the Three Saints website:

The medieval church of St Lawrence in the Square is of great interest, not only for its unusual square design but also for its fine 17th-century ‘king-post’ roof and its ancient site.  There was a church on the site before the Norman conquest, and it was incorporated into William the Conqueror’s palace as the royal chapel.

After the palace and chapel were destroyed by fire, St Lawrence Church was rebuilt in about 1150.  The church was badly damaged by fire in 1978 and after restoration re-opened in 1980, with seating for about 120 people.  St Lawrence is still referred to as the Mother Church of Winchester, for it is the only surviving parish church of Norman foundation within the city walls.  When a new Bishop of Winchester is on his way to his enthronement in the Cathedral, it is at St Lawrence Church that he is presented to the Mayor, clergy and citizens.

In 2012 a project to enhance the porch of the church saw the installation of a beautiful glass screen.

The Church of St Lawrence

Words from The Elixir by George Herbert

Teach me, my God and King,
in all things thee to see,
and what I do in anything
to do it as for thee.

A man that looks on glass,
on it may stay his eye;
or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
and then the heaven espy.

The Church of St Lawrence

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 21st 2014

8 Responses to “The Church of St Lawrence”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    it is a wonderful medieval church Cherie… i like the rugged rafters and the pipes of the organ very much… the glass screens at the entrance are a wonderful piece of art….peter:)

  2. Alan says:

    To my shame, I had to Google to see where this was. I now realise that I walk past it two or three times a month! I really must pop in and look at it myself. I like the screen; is that it under the organ pipes? Right.. I’ll look myself later this morning :)

  3. Astrid says:

    What great pictures and what a delightful organ in the church, sometimes we visit a church and somebody plays the organ, we always sit down and listen.
    I love the trips you make and the pictures you share, very appreciated.

  4. J_on_tour says:

    That’s an unusual and interesting Pipe Organ display above the door, never seen that kind of thing before.