A church, dedicated to St. Wulfram, has been on this site for about 1000 years.

We do not know what the first, Saxon, church looked like. Grantham was a Royal manor, the Queen being Lord of the Manor. Queen Editha, wife of Edward the Confessor, took an interest in the church.

The Domesday Book, 1086, records the church of St. Wulfram. In the 1100s a larger stone church was built: part of this is clearly visible in the building today.

In 1222 lightning caused an extensive fire, destroying part of the church.

Expansion took place in several phases, including the tower and spire started in 1280, the Lady Chapel 1350, finally the Corpus Christi chapel in the 1480s and the St. Kathryn chapel in 1496.

The exterior today would be instantly recognisable to a Granthamian of 1500.

Of particular importance are the magnificent and lofty tower and spire, the Trigge Library, of 1598, still in its original position and still having many chains attached to original books, the stone heads: and so much more. This website will give you glimpses of our heritage. You will see why we value this Glory of Grantham so highly!

Building Development

Nothing remains of the earliest church - Saxon or earlier.   Here is a representation of the development of the church, in diagrammatic form, based on evidence still visible.

Victorian Restoration

Like many churches, St. Wulfram's was in sore need of repair in the 19th century particularly the roofs: Sir George Gilbert Scott was commissioned to repair the church.   In the main he restored, rather than stamping his own style on the building.

St Wulfram

The reason for the dedication to St. Wulfram is uncertain - he was a Frenchman, appointed archbishop of Sens before giving this up to work to convert the heathen Frisians.   Only two churches in England are dedicated to him, and that at Abbeville in Normandy.