Woolly Spalding church inspired by wealthy benefactors

The woolly spires at St Mary's and St NIcholas ANL-160607-130236001
The woolly spires at St Mary's and St NIcholas ANL-160607-130236001
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A large-scale, hand-knitted version of St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Spalding has gone on display there this week alongside woolly versions of three other Lincolnshire churches.

The hand-crafted version of St Mary and St Nicolas, which was knitted by a local group who meet monthly at Unique Cottage Studios near Spalding, is part of the 
artsNK-initiated Woolly Spires project.

Completed in 2012, the historic Spalding parish church was one of the first to be created as part of this long-term project.

Also on display will be St Denys’, Sleaford; St Botolph’s Church, Boston (The Stump) and St James’, Louth. A woolly version of St Wulfram’s, Grantham and St Mary’s, Stow which are due to be completed later this year will complete the project – although a knitted Lincoln Cathedral is a future possibility.

Woolly Spires takes inspiration from the fact that many of Lincolnshire’s churches were funded by wealthy landowners who made their fortune from Lincolnshire Long Wool sheep.

artsNK have worked with local knitting groups across Lincolnshire, supporting them to create amazingly detailed woollen versions of their churches which are knitted over a scaled down model.

The exhibition in Spalding is also being supported and promoted by Transported (www.transported.org) as part of its commitment in the area to working with voluntary arts groups and promoting arts activities and exhibitions in Boston andSouth Holland.

Marion Sander, of artsNK, said: “This is a fantastic community art project marrying traditional crafts with local history. We have had great feedback from visitors so far and encourage people to go along and have a look.”

The display runs until September 5.