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Sun, 10 Sept



Heritage Open Days

Ever wondered what the old St Katherine's church's story is and what it is now? Come on down to Southside and find out!

Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days

Time & Location

10 Sept 2023, 10:00 – 15 Sept 2023, 14:00

Lincoln, Colegrave St, Lincoln LN5 8DW, UK

About the event

800 years ago, one of the foremost priories in medieval England operated on this site in Lincoln. The religious order of The Gilbertines looked after the spiritual needs of the local inhabitants and founded a centre for worship at a time when Lincoln was very important. Famous Kings and Queens worshipped here – King John, Eleanor of Castille, Edward II (the first Prince of Wales) and many more. Indeed, this was the site of the first Eleanor Cross, commemorating the journey of the great queen following her death, as her body was transported to London and eventual burial.  

Fast forward to 1880, and a Methodist chapel was built on the site by the Wesleyan movement, followed by the church building seven years later, leaving the old chapel to be used as a parish hall. Although the church was valued and well used for almost a century, by the 1970’s it had sadly fallen into disrepair as times – and people – change.  

The site was sold to a local ironmonger as a shop and store, and many people of ‘a certain age’ will remember 3 B’s here. However then buildings became even more dilapidated and eventually were sold to a trust so that they could be renovated. Over roughly a ten-year period, the Parish Hall (re-named ‘The Priory Centre') was restored, followed by St Katherine’s Church, with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

So, after 800 years , what next? The former St Katherine's church is now called SOUTHSIDE; a venue for arts, music, heritage, community and so much more!

Event Times:

Sunday 10 September: 1000-1400 

Monday 11 September: 1000-1400 

Tuesday 12 September: 1000-1400 

Wednesday 13 September: 1000-1400 

Thursday 14 September: 1000-1400 

Friday 15 September: 1000-1400

No booking required


Limited onsite parking. If you are a blue badge holder and require a space for the duration of your visit, please email us in advance to reserve a space:

 Additional Information 

There will be more events happening during Heritage Open Days week, so keep an eye out for our other listings. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages, or you can sign up to our newsletter via our website - 

Contact for the day: 01522437942

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