Stamford U3A

Church Crawlers           


Week of Month-Day-Time   



Joining List Open

Wednesday monthly 10am  [Apr-Oct]

Lionel Wall

See Newsletter


New members should contact the leader to confirm when and where the group will meet next.
If the Joining List is Open you may join, otherwise your name may need to go on a waiting list.

The Church  Crawlers Group generally runs every month between March and October. It  is led by Lionel Wall (who owns the popular website Despite the name, there is no crawling or even much walking involved! Lionel arranges an itinerary of usually  three churches in the day with a break for lunch at a pub or restaurant. All of the churches are carefully chosen specifically for their architectural interest, art or furnishings. Lionel gives a short talk at each before leaving members to  wander around and explore. Itineraries can involve up to a thirty-mile  drive in each direction from Stamford (car sharing encouraged), although others are much more local, especially when the days are short. The day usually starts at 11.00 at the first site. 

This group would  suit anyone who has an interest in England's 8,000 pre-Reformation  parish churches - the greatest free show on earth - but who would like  to know much more about them and their mediaeval social context. Get to know the back story of the church and its  contents. 

The group is now  open to new members. Please note, however, that lunch numbers will  sometimes have to be restricted for reasons of practicality. If you  think you might be interested, then visit Lionel's website - - which will almost certainly  describe a few churches near to where you live and many that have  already been visited by the group. Use that to get a flavour of what  delights you might see. If you like what you see and would like to give it a go then contact Lionel at the number on the newsletter.