South Aisle Roof Appeal


Thank you for your support, the work on the South Aisle Roof is now completed.


The Topping Out ceremony to mark completion of the work.


By the permission of the Lincs Free Press.


Patrons of the South Aisle Roof Appeal

Professor Mick Aston
(Bristol University) Time Team

Sir Simon Jenkins

Author of England’s Thousand Best Churches

Long Sutton St Mary has 3 stars as an outstanding open parish church

Simon Jenkins edited the Times Newspaper from 1990 to 1992

Political Editor of the Economist and Editor of the Evening Standard. 

He has also been deputy chairman of English Heritage.   

Dr Francis Pryor M.B.E. of Flag Fen and Time Team

Dr Maisie Taylor of Flag Fen and Time Team

Who will be coming to talk at St Mary’s in support of the roof appeal.
They discovered Flag Fen in Peterborough in 1982.


Patrons of the South Aisle Roof Appeal:

Photo by permission of the Lincolnshire Free Press

Professor Mick Aston

(Bristol University) Time Team

Professor Francis Pryor M.B.E.
of Flag Fen and Time Team


Dr Maisie Taylor

of Flag Fen and Time Team

St Mary’s church dates from the second half of the 11th century and is of considerable architectural and historical significance it is therefore a Grade 1 listed building.  The church was gradually developed during the medieval period but is much as it would have been at the time of the Reformation. 


The magnificent lead covered spire is the tallest most beautiful wooden spire in Europe.  The roofs of this stunning building are covered in lead on relatively low pitches.  The south aisle has some graffiti on the roof which dates to 1841 which shows us when the last significant lead work on the roof was carried out.  Some repairs were carried out in 1950’s but now the lead work has expanded and creeped causing cracking and there is water penetration into the body of the south aisle.


The congregation of St Mary’s who maintain this magnificent welcoming building now have the task to re –roof this section of the church.  The cost of this will be at least £150,000.


If you would like to help in anyway or attend any of the exciting events planned to raise funds for this project please email on:


Please come and visit this beautiful church and enjoy the wonderful architecture, and the prayerful spiritual peace of this place of worship.  Join with us in our worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

SLYJO ( South Lincs Youth Jazz Orchestra) March 2009

Fr Jonathan Sibley with church warden Ivor Peacock and
Julian Proctor Appeal Chairman.