Heritage Church Trails

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Over the past two millennia churches have been at the heart of communities across the country and the churches of Northern Lincolnshire are no exception. Tightly bound to the events that shaped each town or village in the county, churches are able to act almost as living museums.

Go into a church and look around. Before long you will have found something unusual. Perhaps a strange mark in the stone or brickwork, or an object that stands apart from its surroundings. Take the time to find out a little more about this sight and the chances are that you will have stumbled across a portal back in time. Whether this portal leads back to an epic moment in the area’s history or gives a quiet insight into the life of an individual is for you to discover, but every church in Northern Lincolnshire has its own tale to tell.

In recognition of the unique position occupied by churches throughout our history, the Northern Lincolnshire Heritage & Church Trails were set up to allow visitors access into these historic treasures, as well as allowing you to enjoy the areas stunning rural landscape.

Sixteen churches were selected from across the area and fitted with new heritage displays, charting the fascinating history of each town or village. Each of the churches taking part in the project opens to visitors at least two days every week with some opening even more.

These churches are divided into four groups: Barton and the surrounding area, Brigg and the surrounding area, the Isle of Axholme and North East Lincolnshire. A guide to each area is available from the churches and from the Tourist Information Centres at Brigg and Cleethorpes.

The churches are:


  • All Saints, Winterton
  • St John, Whitton
  • St Lawrence, Thornton Curtis
  • St Mary, Barton
  • St Maurice, Horkstow


  • All Saints, Cadney cum Howsham
  • St Clement, Worlaby
  • All Saints, Elsham
  • St Hybald, Scawby

Isle of Axholme:

  • All Saints, Belton
  • St Oswald, Althorpe
  • St Martin, Owston Ferry
  • St Pancras, Wroot

NE Lincolnshire:

  • St Helen, Barnoldby le Beck
  • St Peter, Humberston
  • St Andrew, Immingham

The project received funding from the Northern Lincolnshire Local Action Group.

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Closed Sunday

Brigg Tourist Information Centre


01652 657053

The Buttercross
Market Place
North Lincolnshire
DN20 8ER