All Saints Church Stamford
The All Saints Church is a magnificent medieval building which can be found in Stamford, Lincolnshire, between All Saints Place and Red Lion Square. It boasts being one of Stamfords oldest churches, and even receives a mention in the Domesday book, which was written all the way back in 1086. Unfortunately none of the original architecture of the building remains, and most of the inner building is dated from the 13th century, though some 12th century stonework can still be seen.
The tower, spire, windows, and the rest of the church all display 15th century, Gothic, perpendicular styles, which is a result of a massive re-build done by John and William Browne - wealthy wool merchants of the time. John funded the construction, while William (his son) built the steeple. Various members of the Browne family are buried within the church, and if you look closely and you can still see their merchants marks in some parts of the church.
During the 19th century, several brave souls attempted, and succeeded, climbing the towering spire of the All Saints Church, by using decorative stones that project from it. This list of thrill-seekers includes 2 un-named children who conquered the spire in 1814, Henry Richards and Thomas King in 1816, and Charles Blake in.
The All Saints Church remains one of only two churches in Stamford that still have a full ring of bells remaining, which were most recently re-casted in 1979.