Bourne Abbey Church

Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury


From the Archives


July 1, 1966


Every year on St. Peter's  Day, and including the Sunday nearest to that day, the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul at Bourne celebrates its patronal festival with special services and floral decorations. This year it was decided to make the occasion a flower festival too, writes Anne Lewis-Smith

It is different from many that are being held this summer, in that invitations were extended to anyone in the parish to arrange flowers in the church, and not just members of floral societies. They could be regular flower arrangers in the church, or other parishioners, or children.

About 40 members of the parish helped and about 70 vases were used, nearly all of them filled with garden flowers. Pedestals have been made for the aisles so that flower arrangements could be at the same height. These were installed on Monday before the arrangers arrived on Tuesday.

On St. Peter's Day (Wednesday) the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Healey, lately Bishop of Grimsby, preached at Festival Evensong.

The Bishop of Lincoln (the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Riches) will celebrate and preach at parish Communion at 9 a.m. On Sunday, and at Festal Evensong the same day the preacher will be Canon D. S. Rowlands, a former Vicar of the parish.

The organisers of this festival and the church council want it to be seen in the contaxt of their Stewardship Campaign, as an offering of “Time and talents” by members of the parish to the Glory of God, and to the maintenance of the church.


Newspaper extracts with thanks to the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust


W H Redshaw photographs circa 1896

These photographs of the interior and exterior of Bourne Abbey Church were taken by Bourne photographer William H Redshaw, who had his photographic studio in North Street (now the Indian/Nepalese restuarant). The interior photograph looking east shows many of the features which can still be seen in the church today - pews (replaced circa 1892), pulpit (installed in 1890), screen (installed 1895) and chandelier. Note the open flare gas lighting above the Norman arcade and the High Altar covering part of the East Window in the chancel donated by the Vicar of Bourne, the Rev Joseph Dodsworth circa 1868 in memory of members of his family.

The exterior photograph shows Church Walk with a gas lamp and trees - but no car parking!

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My thanks to David Tabor for this photograph of the floral arrangement in front of the "Norman" pulpit taken during the Flower Festival at Bourne Abbey in 2006.

BAC WHR 1893-4 sepia
BAC WHR2 1893-4 sepia
Flower festival 2006 - David Tabor

July 7, 1916


Bourne: A  flower service was held in the Abbey church on Sunday, when a large and beautiful assortment of greenhouse and garden flowers was presented, and made a most unique display as arranged before the altar by Mrs. Dingley and Mrs. Hall.

The children also brought eggs, cakes, jam and fruit. Over 100 eggs were shared between the Union-house (the now demolished Union workhouse was in St Peter's Road) and the Butterfield Cottage Hospital (now the Butterfield Centre in North Road).

Suitable hymns were sung, and an address was given on the word “Flowers.”

There was a large congregation.