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Parish boundaries: inside Marks & Spencer


Boundary stone inside Marks & Spencer

When Marks & Spencer moved into the old Co-op building in Queen Street in 1976, it absorbed an old alleyway containing this ornate boundary stone dating from 1952, and the stone was placed in a glass cabinet inside the shop. It reads:

ST. PETER le BAILEY

ST. MARTIN & ALL SAINTS

ST. ALDATE

HUNC LAPIDEM SACRUM
JOHANNIS EDWARDUS CAMMELL
POSUIT MCMLII

[John Edward Cammell
laid this sacred stone in 1952]

 

The parishes of St Peter-le-Bailey and St Martin & All Saints no longer exist, and the two parishes of Queen Street that meet at this point today are St Ebbe’s and St Michael-at-the-Northgate. St Aldate’s, however, still joins these two parishes towards the back of Marks & Spencer.

A cross in the floor of Marks & Spencer (right) marks the actual spot where the parishes met. It reads:

Cross in floor of M&S

St EBBE
with

St MICHAEL
with
St MARTIN
and
ALL SAINTS

St PETER
le BAILEY

St ALDATE
with
HOLY TRINITY


The lost parishes

St Peter-le-Bailey Church originally stood just to the north of Bonn Square but was rebuilt on the west side of New Hall Street in 1874. When it closed in 1961 and became the chapel of St Peter’s College, its parish was united with that of St Ebbe’s.

St Martin’s or Carfax Church stood at Carfax until 1896, when it was demolished apart from its tower in a road-widening scheme. All Saints Church absorbed its parish, and the conjoined parishes were known as St Martin’s & All Saints. All Saints Church in turn closed in 1971, when it became Lincoln College Library. Its parish was absorbed into the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate.

The parish of Holy Trinity Church in St Ebbe’s was a relatively new one taken out of St Ebbe’s parish. Holy Trinity Church closed in 1954 and was demolished in 1957, and its parish was united with that of St Aldate’s.

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013