Dr Matthew Godfrey, Historic Churches Support Officer for Lincoln Diocese, gave an illustrated talk to SLHA members at Jews’ Court on Tuesday 3 March.
Lincolnshire has good examples of church buildings of each architectural period. As well as the much admired tower of St Peter’s church in Barton and the crossing at Stow, there is important surviving Anglo Saxon work in grave covers and in a variety of fragments at several sites across the County.
Typical Norman Romanesque features can be seen at Bicker and Long Sutton, and later 12th century – or Transitional – work is superbly demonstrated in the arcades of the other Barton church, St Mary’s.
St Leonard’s at Kirkstead (the survivor of the abbey) is a fine example of early Gothic style (Early English) with pointed arches and plate tracery.
The Decorated period – both in its earlier Geometric style and later Curvilinear – is especially well represented in both the Cathedral and at Heckington (1290-1340).
Tattershall’s church, built in a relatively short period in the 1480s, demonstrates the Perpendicular style and there are other outstanding examples of work form this period in the large churches of Louth (tower and spire) and Boston (tower).
Classical features were reintroduced in the churches built by the Georgians, but the Victorians moved back to Gothic styles (Early English and Decorated mainly) in the rash of church rebuilding in the nineteenth century.
Photo: St Andrew's Church, Heckington, south window in south transept. The tracery is a fine example of the curvilinear style of the Decorated period (c.1300); the stained glass is Victorian.