S. Francis, Bardney

Published 16th of November 2019

Station Road, Bardney, Lincoln LN3 5UD

Deanery of Lincoln

Clergy: served from S. Hugh's, Lincoln.

Mass timings: Saturday, 17.00.

History: Bardney was the site of an Anglo-Saxon abbey, founded in the seventh century, which survived until the reign of King Harry and the English Reformation. In the late 1920s, a Miss Gladys Peet, a convert, was the only Catholic in Bardney. During the second World War, Catholic services were held at the Bardney airfield and at the Angel Inn, attended by local Catholics and by German and Italian prisoners-of-war, who worked the local farms. When the airfield was closed and the Catholic chaplain vanished, Miss Peet was able to obtain that a Mass centre be opened at Bardney. An old poultry-shed was made into a chapel and a bungalow built for a tenant near the new chapel, the priests coming out from the parish church of S. Hugh's at Lincoln.

Source: Canon A. P. Dolan, Good News for the East Midlands: an account of the background to, and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham, Tucann Books, 2018, pp. 49-50.