Welcome to the home page of the medieval church of St Lawrence, Winchester. It is of great interest, not only for its unusual square design but also for its fine 17th-century ‘king-post’ roof and its ancient site. There was a church on the site before the Norman conquest, and it was incorporated into William the Conqueror’s palace as the royal chapel.
The palace and chapel were destroyed by fire in 1141, during the civil war of Stephen and Matilda. St Lawrence Church was rebuilt in about 1150. The church was badly damaged by fire in 1978 and after restoration it was re-opened in 1980, with seating for about 120 people. St Lawrence is still referred to as the Mother Church of Winchester, for it is the only surviving parish church of Norman foundation within the city walls. When a new Bishop of Winchester is on his way to his enthronement in the Cathedral, it is at St Lawrence Church that he is presented to the Mayor, clergy and citizens.
In 2012 a project to enhance the porch saw the installation of a beautiful glass screen engraved by Tracey Sheppard of Winchester