St Martin's Church, Stamford

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St Martin's Church, Stamford
St Martins Church Stamford.jpg
St Martin's Church, Stamford
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSaint Martin
ParishSt Martin's Without
Organist/Director of musicNigel Stark

St Martin's Church, Stamford, is a parish church in the Church of England located in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. The area of the town south of the River Welland was in Northamptonshire until 1889 and is called Stamford Baron or St Martin's.


Tomb of Sir Richard Cecil (died 1553)
Tomb of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (died 1598)

St Martin's Church was founded by the 12th century. It was entirely rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in the 15th century.[1]

The North Chapel houses the tombs of the Cecil family, including monuments to Sir Richard Cecil, William Cecil, first Lord Burghley, and John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter.

The church was restored over the course of the nineteenth century, with a new nave roof, lowered floor, extended Burghley Chapel, as well as new oak pews, pulpit, bells and organ.

The majority of the mediaeval coloured glass was bought by the Earl of Exeter from the Church of the Holy Trinity at Tattershall in 1754.[2]

Properly it is the Church of St Martin Without, Stamford Baron.

Burials include Dutch portrait painter William Wissing (1687), in the churchyard, and Daniel Lambert (1809), in the detached part of the churchyard.


The organ case in St Martin's

The church has an organ by Bevington dating from 1880. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organists[edit]


  1. ^ The Antiquities of Stamford and St Martin's: Compiled Chiefly from the Annals of the Rev. Francis Peck, with Notes; to which is Added Their Present State Including Burghley; by W. Harrod. ... By Francis Peck, William Harrod. Published by printed by and for W. Harrod, and sold by W. Lowndes, London, 1785
  2. ^ Church of the Holy Trinity at Tattershall website
  3. ^ Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 2 November 1833
  4. ^ Stamford Mercury - Friday 6 December 1833
  5. ^ British Musical Biography By James D. Brown
  6. ^ Stamford Mercury - Friday 1 July 1836
  7. ^ Chronology of Stamford: Compiled from Peck, Butcher, Howgrave, Harrod, Drakard, Parliamentary Reports, and Other Important Works, George Burton. Published by R. Bagley, 1846
  8. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists. Second Edition. 1921
  9. ^ Who's who in Music. Fourth Edition. 1962. p.224

External links[edit]

Media related to St Martin's, Stamford at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°38′57″N 00°28′37″W / 52.64917°N 0.47694°W / 52.64917; -0.47694