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Metheringham Manor House
Metheringham Manor House
Metheringham Manor House

This house, with its Greek cross plan with stepped gables, was built for the Sir Thomas Skipworth in the seventeenth century.

It was badly damaged by fire in the nineteenth century.

It was twice occupied by agents of Henry Chaplin of nearby Blankney.

Hugh D Martineau c.1980

Metheringham, Manor house, Greek Cross, Skipworth
Metheringham, Fayre and Feast
Metheringham, Fayre and Feast
Metheringham, Fayre and Feast

Reported in the Sleaford Standard 11th September 2018 that :-

"This traditional event dates back to the middle ages and is always held on the third Saturday in October to mark the end of harvesting.

It has been saved twice in its history - once in the1960s and again in 2016.

The parish council has announced via its Facebook page that it has done everything possible to keep this tradition going, but it is "with great regret and sadness” that a decision has been made by full council for the event not to proceed in 2018"

https://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/end-fayre-and-feast-2043328 

DB 18 October 2014

Metheringham, Fayre and Feast
Metheringham, Library & Beacon
Metheringham, Library & Beacon
Metheringham, Library & Beacon

Community Library & Beacon facing High Street.

"This Beacon was presented to the Village of Metheringham to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II June 2012"

DB 1 June 2020

Metheringham, Library & Beacon
Metheringham, Lincolnshire Poacher, Public House
Metheringham, Lincolnshire Poacher, Public House
Metheringham, Lincolnshire Poacher, Public House

Not listed in White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856, or Kelly's Directories of 1919 or 1937.

Previously known as The Scarf & Goggles?

DB 7 June 2018

Metheringham, Lincolnshire Poacher, Public House
Metheringham, Londesborough Arms, Public House
Metheringham, Londesborough Arms, Public House
Metheringham, Londesborough Arms, Public House

Name derived from the Earl of Londesborough who is mentioned in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1937 as being lord of the manor.

Listed in 1937 as "Londesborough Arms P.H. (Fredk. W. Quincey)"

DB 7 June 2018

Metheringham, Londesborough Arms, Public House
Metheringham, Market Cross (Medieval), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Medieval), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Medieval), High Street

"Market cross. C14.Stone. Octagonal stepped base topped with much weathered octagonal shaft."

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1317180 

DB 22 April 2019

Metheringham, Market Cross, High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"An ancient Cross, which stood in the village, was replaced by a new one in 1835, at the cost of about £25, and a market is now held round it on Saturday evenings"

DB 7 June 2018

Metheringham, Market Cross, High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street
Metheringham, Market Cross (Modern), High Street

Market cross demolished after being hit by a van on 2nd December 2020.

DB 6 December 2020 

Metheringham,
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (3rd Wesleyan), High Street
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (3rd Wesleyan), High Street
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (3rd Wesleyan), High Street
Third Chapel now occupied by Parkers Stores. 
 
"A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Sleaford Circuit Past And Present" prepared by  Colin Shepherdson & Peter Robinson June 1996 states :-
 
"i) A Society was formed in 1801 and the first chapel erected in 1803.
 
ii) The second chapel was built in 1824.

iii) The third chapel was built in the High Street, on a site nearly opposite the present chapel, and opened on the 27.9.1840. A day school was built in 1858. The chapel still stands and is used as a store.

iv) The foundation stone for the present chapel, also in the High Street, was 11.7.1907 and the chapel opened on the 28.5.1908. The chapel is still in membership of 72"

DB 7 June 2018
Metheringham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)

This chapel opened in May 1908 and is still in use. It was the fourth Wesleyan Methodist chapel to be built in the village.

March 2016

Metheringham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan)

Viewed from Fen Lane with the church hall in the foreground.

"Church and Hall. Circa 1900. Rock-faced coursed stone with red ashlar dressings"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061945 

Despite having been put up for sale services continue, COVID-19 pandemic excepting, in the church hall. 

DB 1 June 2020

Metheringham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale

Chapel being offered for sale, with an asking price of £400,000, but is currently still in use.

Architect A.E.Lambert, Nottingham. 

DB 22 April 2019 

Metheringham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, A.E.Lambert
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (4th Wesleyan), For Sale

Notice inviting representations pinned to the For Sale notice.

DB 22 April 2019  

Metheringham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, for sale
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall

"A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Sleaford Circuit Past And Present" prepared by  Colin Shepherdson & Peter Robinson June 1996 states :-

"The Wesleyan Reform Union had a chapel in Middle Street known as the People's Hall.

Built in 1853, it closed in 1922 and is now a workshop"

DB 7 June 2018  

Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall

Date stone reads "PEOPLES' HALL 1853"

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states "The Reformers' chapel is called the People's Hall, from its being used for public meetings, &c."

DB 7 June 2018 

Metheringham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reform Union), People's Hall
Metheringham, Orchard House
Metheringham, Orchard House
Metheringham, Orchard House
Metheringham, Orchard House
Metheringham, RAF Metheringham, Water Tower
Metheringham, RAF Metheringham, Water Tower
Metheringham, RAF Metheringham, Water Tower

The water tower at RAF Metheringham (TF 102598).

The airfield was the home to 106 Bomber Squadron from 1943 to the end of the war.

Over 200 operations flew from here and 57 Lancaster bombers were lost.

There is a small visitor centre on the site.

Peter Stevenson

Metheringham, RAF, water tower,
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station

Crowds gather on Metheringham Station platforms prior to the arrival of Mayflower 61306 and Flying Scotsman 60103 on their way to York. 

Stopped at Metheringham for about 20 minutes to take on water from the red & yellow painted fire tanker visible in the background.

Super Sprinter 153318 in the foreground left on its way to Peterborough. 

"The British Rail Class 153 Super Sprinters are single-coach railcars converted from two-coach Class 155 diesel multiple units in the early 1990s.

The class was intended for service on rural and branch lines where passenger numbers do not justify longer trains"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_153  

DB 7 May 2019

Metheringham, Railway Station, Super Sprinter 153318
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station

Mayflower 61306 and Flying Scotsman 60103 stopped at Metheringham to take on water.

LNER Thompson Class B1 61306 was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company, Works No. 26207.

Though built to an LNER design, it was delivered after nationalisation to British Railways (BR).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Thompson_Class_B1_61306 

LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman is a Pacific steam locomotive built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Nigel Gresley.

The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A3_4472_Flying_Scotsman 

DB 7 May 2019

Metheringham, Railway Station, Mayflower 61306, Flying Scotsman 60103
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station

View from Lincoln bound platform, towards signal box, at south end of station. 

"The station opened to passengers on 1 July 1882 as Blankney and Metheringham.

It closed to them on 11 September 1961 but reopened on 6 October 1975 as Metheringham"

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

DB 7 June 2018

Metheringham, Railway Station
Metheringham, Railway Station, Signal Box
Metheringham, Railway Station, Signal Box
Metheringham, Railway Station, Signal Box

Signal box at the south end of the station is labelled "Blankney" however it is no longer in use.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"METHERINGHAM is a parish and large improving village, with a station called Blankney and Metheringham on the Great Northern and Great Eastern joint railway from Spalding to Doucaster, and is 10 miles north from Sleaford, and 9 south-east from Lincoln by rail"

DB 7 June 2018

Metheringham, Railway Station, Signal Box
Metheringham, Railway Control Building
Metheringham, Railway Control Building
Metheringham, Railway Control Building

Alongside Metheringham station was a small brick building with the remnants of heavy steel shutters around its windows.

It was built during World War II as an emergency railway control building.

If the control office at Lincoln station ten miles away had been knocked out by enemy bombing then the trains and traffic would have been controlled from here.

It was one of 20 such buildings in the country and was a rare survivor, having been used as a railway store for almost 70 years until it was demolished in 2011.


Stewart Squires, 2010

Metheringham, railway control,
Metheringham, School
Metheringham, School
Metheringham, School

Former school house now a private house.

Kelly's Directory 1919 states "Village (mixed & infants), erected in 1840 as a reading room & afterwards purchased by Viscount Chaplin & presented to the vicar & churchwardens, who are sole trustees ; it has since been enlarged and will hold 230 children; Joseph Bean, master; Miss Caudwell, infants' mistress"

DB 1 June 2020 

Metheringham, School, Viscount Chaplin
Metheringham, School
Metheringham, School
Metheringham, School

Ashlar plaque facing High Street.

DB 25 May 2020

Metheringham, Church of England School
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

A fire of 1599 destroyed much of Metheringham village, and badly damaged St Wilfred’s church.

By 1601, the nave was rebuilt, with Tuscan columns now supporting the original 13th century arches.  The clerestory dates from this time also.

Further alterations were carried out in the 19th century, when the chancel was extended, and the north aisle rebuilt.

Undated postcard

Metheringham, St Wilfrid Church, Tuscan columns, fire
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

The tower of St Wilfrid's is unbuttressed.

The clerestory, with its two-light windows, dates from c.1600.

March 2016

Metheringham, St Wilfrid church
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

A view of St Wilfrid's from the south-east.

March 2016

Metheringham, St Wilfrid church
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

The nave of St Wilfrid's was restored in 1858-59 and the north aisle added in 1870.

March 2016

Metheringham, St Wilfrid church
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

The east window is ninetheenth-century in the style of the Decorated period.

The original east window has been repositioned in the south wall of the chancel (to the left in this photo).

March 2016

Metheringham, St Wilfrid church
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. Wilfrid is a large building of stone in the Norman and Gothic styles of the 13th and 16th centuries, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower, chiefly of Norman date, with four pinnacles and containing 8 bells:

there are mural tablets to Sir Thomas Skipwith bart. serjeant-at-law, ob. June, 1694, and Elizabeth Lathom his wife, ob. 1674, and Sir Thomas Skipwith bart. their son, ob. 1710,  all of whom were buried at Upminster, Essex; the "tablet was. erected by Sir George Bridges Skipwith, last bart. died in June, 1756; the other tablet, erected "by Mrs. Isabella Pitt, is to Mrs. Lucy Skipwith, daughter of sir Thomas Skipwith, died 1763 :

the old church was burnt down in 1599 and restored in 1603, when. the clerestory and battlements of the nave and tower were added and new piers furnished to the arcades of the nave:

the nave was restored in 1858-9 and the church reseated in 1867; in 1870 the north aisle was rebuilt, and druring 1895-6 a sum of £500 was spent upon a new organ chamber and the restoration of the chancel :

in 1908 a new screen, pulpit and choir stalls, all of carved oak, were erected, at a cost of £400, under the direction of Mr. H. Bailey, architect, of. London, the total cost of all these restorations amounting to £1,953:

there are sittings for 450 persons"

DB 1 June 2020 

Metheringham, Saint Wilfrid, church
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall

Close to the church fronting on to Church Walk.

DB 25 May 2020

Metheringham, Saint Wilfred Church Hall
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall
Metheringham, St Wilfrid, Church Hall

Date stone reading "1906".

DB 25 May 2020

Metheringham, Saint Wilfred Church Hall
Metheringham, Star & Garter
Metheringham, Star & Garter
Metheringham, Star & Garter

"Public House. Early C19"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061909 

Kelly's Directory 1919 has a listing "Star & Garter Family & Commercial Hotel (Ernest James)"

DB 19 March 2020

Metheringham, Star & Garter, Public House, Hotel
Metheringham, Street Scene
Metheringham, Street Scene
Metheringham, Street Scene

Known to locals as ‘Meg’, Metheringham is a large village some 9 miles south of Lincoln.

The Blankney Hunt was founded in 1871 when it split away from the old Burton Foxhounds.

undated postcard

Metheringham, Blankney Hunt
Metheringham, War Memorial
Metheringham, War Memorial
Metheringham, War Memorial

Made by Frederick William Baldock and unveiled 12th December 1920. Attended by Marshioness of Carisbrooke. 

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/3131 

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360534 

DB 22 April 2019

Metheringham, War Memorial
Metheringham, Water Standpost
Metheringham, Water Standpost
Metheringham, Water Standpost
Cast iron standpost for village water supply.
 
At the junction of Prince's Street and High Street near the market crosses.
 
Manufactured by Glenfield and Kennedy Ltd, Kilmarnock.

Very similar standposts in Navenby and other local villages.
 
DB 22 April 2019 
Metheringham, Water Standpost
Metheringham, White Hart, Public House
Metheringham, White Hart, Public House
Metheringham, White Hart, Public House

"Public House. Late C18"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061946 

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 lists :-

"Bell Charles, vict. White Hart"

Also listed were :-

Grantham Peter, vict. Star & Garter

Wilkinson Fras. vict. Oat Sheaf (Metheringham Fen) 

& 4 beer houses. 

DB 22 April 2019

Metheringham, White Hart, Public House
Metheringham, Windmill (1)
Metheringham, Windmill (1)
Metheringham, Windmill (1)

This was once a fine mill with seven floors and six sails. It was built in 1867.

Lincolnshire Echo photograph, 1930s

Metheringham, windmill,
Metheringham, Windmill (2)
Metheringham, Windmill (2)
Metheringham, Windmill (2)

Presumably the Miller's house in the foreground but in a state of some disrepair. 

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1872 has an entry " Burbank Henry, corn miller"

Geoff Swain Collection 24 June 1994

Metheringham, Windmill
Metheringham, Windmill (3)
Metheringham, Windmill (3)
Metheringham, Windmill (3)

The tower of the windmill at Metheringham is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 064 613

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Metheringham, windmill, Peter Kirk
Metheringham, Windmill (4)
Metheringham, Windmill (4)
Metheringham, Windmill (4)

"Windmill. Mid C19. Red brick with white brick bands. Brick cornice. Circular plan, 6 storeys"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360557 

DB 1 June 2020

Metheringham, Windmill
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Tanvats is a hamlet in the parish of Metheringham. 

"A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Sleaford Circuit Past And Present" prepared by  Colin Shepherdson & Peter Robinson June 1996 states :-

"i) The first chapel was erected in 1835.

ii) The foundation stone of the second chapel was laid on the 4.8.1887. The last service was held on the 28.12.1969 and the chapel is now standing derelict and for sale for housing development"

Geoff Swain Collection 24 June 1994

Metheringham, Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, church, image
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"TANVATS is a hamlet, 5 miles east, at which is a school, licensed for church service, and a Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1887"

Geoff Swain Collection 24 June 1994

Metheringham, Tanvats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, church, image
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers

Alfred Cooling had been a dealer in a wide range of products - glass, chine, oil lamps, paperhanging, washing machines - as well as agricultural implements.

His business was taken over by Frederick Townsend in 1896 who, in 1913, was joined later by his son. They were agricultural implement agents and dealers until the Second World War.

This photo show the firm's stand at the 1898 County Show.

 

Metheringham, Townsend
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend's stand at the 1898 County Show featured chaff cutters, weighing machines, a plough and a binder.
Metheringham, Townsend,