This weekend three churches on the Stephen Langton trail welcome visitors as part of West Lindsey’s 19th Churches festival. St Giles in Langton-by-Wragby will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215, as it is the village church serving the birthplace of Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principle architect of the Great Charter. The church will be open on 16/17th May, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
At the Sunday morning service singers from the Horncastle Choral Society will sing an anthem to celebrate Magna Carta, “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” composed by Malcolm Archer, Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.
The other churches to visit along the trail are:
Wragby All Saints – 16-17th May, Saturday 9.30am-6pm • Sunday 9.30am-6pm
Apley St Andrews – 16-17th May, Saturday 10am-5pm • Sunday 10am-5pm
The Stephen Langton Trail starts at the Lincolnshire village of Langton-by-Wragby, and takes a meandering and picturesque 16.5 mile walk to historic Lincoln and Lincoln Castle, home to an original copy of 1215 Magna Carta, now housed in an impressive new purpose-built vault at Lincoln Castle – also well worth a visit.
The trail is split into three sections to allow for all abilities:
Section One leads from Langton-by-Wragby to Apley through the Lincolnshire Limewood Nature Reserve (4 miles)
Section Two from Thistle Storr Wood near Apley to Fiskerton along the Viking Way (6¼ miles)
Section Three follows the River Witham Valley from Fiskerton on a delightful riverside walk to Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter (6¼ miles).
You can a download the trail map here