Medieval Grantham

Religion in Medieval Grantham

The role of the Church in Medieval life was much greater than it is today for most people. The Church played a big part in people's lives - people worshipped there at services, they went to Church celebrations and they even received punishment for crimes at the Church courts. 


Peasants in a town also had to work on Church land, and pay a yearly tax to the church, known as a tithe. These taxes could be paid in crops, grains or animals, and the Church usually kept these goods in huge tithe barns.


The present parish church in Grantham, St Wulframs, was built over four centuries, and local people are still very proud of it. A church was first built on the site in the eleventh century and some original fragments remain from this time. Most parts of the building date from the late twelfth century to sixteenth century, with sections added over time.


Discussion ideas:

  • Why do you think the Church was important to people in a Medieval town?
  • What jobs might it have done that other organisations do today (eg. the Church courts)?
  • How might their religion have made people behave in a certain way (eg. fear of going to Hell)?
  • How do you think people felt about paying a tax to the Church?


Fragments - Small pieces of something
Remain - Are still here
Tithe - A type of tax paid to the Church
Worship - Take part in a religious service

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