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Boothby Graffoe
 
Boothby Graffoe
Boothby Graffoe
Boothby Graffoe

View along Main Street. A Georgian building the former Church View Farmhouse is on the left.

DB 21 February 2018 

Boothby Graffoe, Church View
Boothby Graffoe, Hall
Boothby Graffoe, Hall
Boothby Graffoe, Hall

Information on the village notice board reads ""The Hall" was built in 1867 (Known as "Boothby House" until the demise of the previous "North Hall").

It was reduced to the present building in 1951/52. Originally in a carved Victorian Italianate style, it had its own gas-making plant, conservatories, orchid house, aviary and vinehouses"

White's Directory 1872 reads "Earl Cowper is lord of the manor of Boothby, and owner of the greater part of the soil; but Boothby Hall, a handsome mansion, built in 1867 at an outlay of about £10,000, with an adjoining estate, is the property of Charles Edward Marfleet, Esq."

DB 1 December 2020 

Boothby Graffoe, Hall
Boothby Graffoe, Old School
Boothby Graffoe, Old School
Boothby Graffoe, Old School

Built in the 1850's and closed 1975.

Became a primary school by 1947. Following closure the children were transferred to Navenby Church of England Primary School. 

DB 21 February 2018 

Boothby Graffoe, School
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew

"Parish church. 1842 designed by W A Nicholson, in weak Gothic Revival style ... 

internally an inscribed tablet under the west window dated 1626 is only survival from earlier building.

Two wall monuments both dated 1851"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061976 

DB 21 February 2018

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Nicholson
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew

White's Directory 1856 states "The Church (St. Andrew is a small fabric, which was mostly rebuilt about twelve years ago, and is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £11. 12s. 2d., and now at £638.

J. Fullerton, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. H. Skipwith incumbent.

At the enclosure, in 1774, the tithes of Boothby were commuted for 321 acres of land; but those of the manor Somerton Castle were commuted for a yearly rent charge in 1841.

The Rectory House is a commodious brick mansion, erected three years ago"

DB 21 February 2018

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Nicholson
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew

A church is mentioned in Domesday Book and there have probably been at least three churches on this site.

An earlier church was destroyed during a storm in 1666. This church 1842 was designed by W.A. Nicholson in gothic revival style. 

DB 21 February 2018

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Nicholson
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew

Kelly's Directory 1919 states "The church of St. Andrew is a building of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave and square western tower with four pinnacles, and containing 3 bells:

the church was rebuilt in 1842, on the site of the former edifice, at a cost of about £1,000:

two stained windows were presented by Mrs. Marfleet in 1906 and two in 1908 by Miss Marfleet as a memorial to the late C. E. Marfleet esq. of Boothby Hall :

there are 130 sittings"

DB 14 December 2020

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Nicholson
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Benchmark
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Benchmark
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Benchmark

Ordnance Survey benchmark on church tower. Used as an elevation reference, however satellite technology has now rendered these benchmarks obsolete, and they are no longer being maintained. 

DB 21 February 2018 

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Ordnance Survey benchmark
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Tower
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Tower
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, Tower

Square western tower with four pinnacles.

DB 14 December 2020

Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, Church, Nicholson
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, War Memorial
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, War Memorial
Boothby Graffoe, St Andrew, War Memorial

War memorial located in churchyard. Designed by Arthur Howson of Lincoln and dedicated in 1921.

DB 14 December 2020 


Boothby Graffoe, Saint Andrew, War Memorial
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

This quadrangular castle with circular towers at the corners was built in 1281 by Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham. King John of France was imprisoned in the castle in 1359-60.

Parts of three towers remain. An Elizabethan wing was added to the SE tower.

Boothby Graffoe, castle, disney, hussey, bek, earthworks,
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

"Remains of Medieval Castle converted into a farmhouse. Early C14,late C16 and C19 ... 

Licence to crenellate granted to Antony Bele.Bishop of Durham 1281,castle probably complete by 1305 ...

King John I of France was imprisoned here,1359-1360"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061974 

Boothby Graffoe, Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Boothby Graffoe,
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Boothby Graffoe,
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

"Although Somerton Castle is in the parish of Boothby Graffoe, it is in the Manor of Waddington and this portion is often referred to as the Manor of Somerton Castle.

Antony Bek probably built the castle in 1281 and he gave it to King Edward II in 1309.

King John II of France was imprisoned at Somerton Castle between 1359 and 1360, having been taken prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers.

It continued as crown property until it was sold by Charles I in 1628, since when the castle has continued in private ownership"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerton_Castle 

DB 1 December 2020

Boothby Graffoe, Somerton Castle, Antony Bek, King John II of France
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

Kelly's Directory 1919 states "In the year 1281 Anthony Beke, or de Bek, Bishop of Durham, obtained a license from Edward I. to crenellate his mansion at "Saubretonne," or " Somerton," in this parish, which he afterwards presented to the king, who committed its custody to Henry, Lord Bellamonte;

King John I. (Le Bon) of France, taken prisoner at the battle of Poictiers, September 20, 1356, and afterwards a captive in England, was confined here from Saturday, August 4, 1359, to Saturday, March 21, 1360, when he was removed to the Tower of London;

the remains of this castle are very extensive, and a portion, together with some modern erections, form a commodious mansion and offices, now the property of George Frederick Ogle esq. and occupied by Messrs. Stickney and Thorne:

the castle area 330 feet by 180 feet, was inclosed by outer and inner moats and at the angles are the remains of four circular towers, formerly connected by intermediate buildings, and forming a quadrangular pile:

the south-east tower, still nearly entire, is surmounted by three pinnacles and a spire-shaped roof:

the south-west tower is in ruins and the north-west tower has been taken down ; that at the north-east angle has a curious groined roof, supported by an umbilical pillar, from which spring twelve arches, each forming a niche in the wall, in every one of which there appears to have been a Pointed window; the later buildings are partly Elizabethan :

the double moat is still extant"

DB 1 December 2020

Boothby Graffoe, Somerton Castle, Antony Bek, King John II of France
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

White's Directory 1856 states "Anthony Bec, Bishop of Lincoln, erected a large castellated mansion about A.D. 1305, and afterwards presented it to Edward I., who gave it to Wm. de Beaumont.

In this castle, Sir Saier de Rochford; in 1359, undertook to keep safely the King of France, then a prisoner in England; for which service he was allowed two shillings per day.

The remains of the castle are very extensive, and a great part of them, with some modem buildings, form a commodious mansion and offices, occupied by Mr. Fredk. Marfleet. Messrs. Henry and Frederick Marfleet purchased the manor about 16 years ago.

The castle area, 200 by 251 feet has been inclosed by an outer and inner moats; and at the angles are the remains of four circular towers, which appear to have been formerly connected by intermediate buildings.

The south-east tower is nearly entire, and is surmounted by three pinnacles, and a spire-shaped roof.

The south-west tower is in ruins, but retains an octangular apartment, with eight niches, in one of which is the doorway.

The north-west tower is nearly in the same state; and that at the north-east angle is of the same construction, but has a curious vaulted roof, supported by an umbilical pillar, from which spring twelve arches, forming in the wall as many niches, in each of which is a pointed arched window. This tower is the most interesting part of the present mansion"

DB 1 December 2020

Boothby Graffoe, Somerton Castle, Antony Bek, King John II of France