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Ropsley, CPRE, Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition
Ropsley, CPRE, Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition
Ropsley, CPRE, Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition

"The Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition was introduced to Lincolnshire, in its present form, by Lincolnshire Branch CPRE and Community Lincs in 1962"

"Ropsley has had a great deal of success in Class II of the competition.

The village has won its class nine times, in 1975, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2000.

Ropsley has also come second four times and third twice"

http://lincolnshirebestkeptvillages.co.uk/portfolio/ropsley/ 

Award pictured is sited on the village green near the war memorials. Other awards sited throughout the village. 

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Ropsley, Lincolnshire Branch CPRE, Community Lincs, Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition
Ropsley, Green Man, Public House, High Street
Ropsley, Green Man, Public House, High Street
Ropsley, Green Man, Public House, High Street

"There is now one village public house: The Green Man, The Ropsley Fox closed down in 2012.

Previous pubs included The Peacock"

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

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Ropsley, Green Man, Public House
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace

Peacock Farmhouse formerly the Peacock Inn birthplace of Richard Foxe.

"Richard Foxe (sometimes Richard Fox) (c. 1448 – 5 October 1528) was an English churchman, successively Bishop of Exeter, Bath and Wells, Durham, and Winchester, Lord Privy Seal, and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford"

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

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Ropsley, Peacock Farmhouse, Richard Foxe, Richard Fox, Bishop, Corpus Christi College
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace
Ropsley, Peacock Inn, Richard Foxe Birthplace

"On this site

RICHARD FOX

Bishop of Winchester

and founder of

Corpus Christie College

Oxford

was born in 1447 - 8" 

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Ropsley, Peacock Farmhouse, Richard Foxe, Richard Fox, Bishop, Corpus Christi College
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter

St Peter's has architecture from the 11th to the 17th century, including Anglo-Saxon work in the nave, Norman and Early English arcades, and a Decorated broach spire.

The porch, with its Latin inscription carries the date 1486.

This intriguing church occupies a prominent position above the village.

September 2013

Ropsley, St Peter church, broach spire
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter

This view from the south-west shows the early fourteenth century broach spire to full advantage. There are three tiers of lucarnes in an uncommon arrangement.

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997

Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter

St Peter's "consists of a chancel, nave, two aisles, a west-facing tower with spire, a south chapel, and a south porch"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter%27s_Church,_Ropsley 

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Ropsley, St Peter church
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End

The ends of several benches of medieval origin are carved with poppy heads.

September 2013

Ropsley, St Peter church, bench end poppy head
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End
Ropsley, St Peter, Bench End

Medieval carved bench end in the form of a smiling human face.

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Ropsley, St Peter church, bench end poppy head
Ropsley, St Peter, Benefactions Board
Ropsley, St Peter, Benefactions Board
Ropsley, St Peter, Benefactions Board

Benefactions from the Duke of Rutland and Lord Willoughby de Broke

Hanging in the tower at ground floor level. 

Dated 1826. 

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Ropsley, St Peter church, Benefactions Board, Duke of Rutland, Lord Willoughby de Broke
Ropsley, St Peter, Chancel
Ropsley, St Peter, Chancel
Ropsley, St Peter, Chancel

"The chancel has a C14 aumbry on its north wall and a C14 double niche or sedilia on its south side.

A tomb recess with C14 ogee decoration, damaged, shows that the chancel was shortened in C17"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, chancel, sanctuary
Ropsley, St Peter, Font
Ropsley, St Peter, Font
Ropsley, St Peter, Font

"The octagonal font is C15 with shields in quatre-foils"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, font
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque

A small grotesque carving in the interior of St Peter's.

September 2013

Ropsley, St Peter grotesque
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior

Interior view looking east.

"The chancel arch is C13 and matches the south arcade"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior
Ropsley, St Peter, Interior

Interior view looking west.

"The tower arch is a recut C13 opening"

"The C12 3 bay north arcade has circular piers"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church
Ropsley, St Peter, Monument
Ropsley, St Peter, Monument
Ropsley, St Peter, Monument

"There is one monument in the south aisle under a recess, a C14 lady with her head resting on 2 cushions beneath an ogee canopy on which are carved further small figures, probably of her children"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church,
Ropsley, St Peter, Nave Roof
Ropsley, St Peter, Nave Roof
Ropsley, St Peter, Nave Roof

"The nave roof is C15 and braced with human mask corbels"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, Nave Roof
Ropsley, St Peter, Pulpit
Ropsley, St Peter, Pulpit
Ropsley, St Peter, Pulpit

C20 pulpit.

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Ropsley, St Peter church, Pulpit
Ropsley, St Peter, South Chapel
Ropsley, St Peter, South Chapel
Ropsley, St Peter, South Chapel

"The south chapel is early C13 with one bay of triple responds and a double chamfered round arch.

It has a C14 piscina and aumbry"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter church, south chapel
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch

"The porch was built by Bishop Richard Fox, founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, who was born in Ropsley in 1447/8"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, porch, Bishop Richard Fox, Foxe
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch

"he C15 south door has a niche over it and an inscription recording the porch's construction in 1486"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter church, inscription, porch
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch, Mass Dial
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch, Mass Dial
Ropsley, St Peter, South Porch, Mass Dial

Mass dial visible on the south porch.

"Some 3,000 mass, tide or scratch dials have been recorded in the UK.

Typically located on the south wall of a parish church, this form of sundial was used to mark the ‘variable’ time of liturgical services in the medieval world."

http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/mass-dials/mass-dials.htm

See also

http://sundialsoc.org.uk/dials_menu/mass-dials/ 

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Ropsley, St Peter church, mass dial, scratch dial
Ropsley, St Peter, Stained Glass
Ropsley, St Peter, Stained Glass
Ropsley, St Peter, Stained Glass

"In the east window of the north aisle are remnants of medieval glass and a small fragment of an inscription "de Welby".

An engraving by Fowler dated 1809 shows this window before it was damaged and it is clear that it referred to Sir John Welby of 1376"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, stained glass, de Welby, Fowler, Sir John Welby
Ropsley, St Peter, Tower
Ropsley, St Peter, Tower
Ropsley, St Peter, Tower

"An unbuttressed C13 tower in coursed rubble with quoins, of 3 stages with moulded plinth and 2 string courses"

"The tower has a C14 broach spire with 3 tiers of lucarnes, the lower two in the compass directions, the top in the diagonals.

The spire has fine weather vane"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261821 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, tower
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting

Remains of a pre-reformation wall painting on north wall of north aisle.

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, wall painting
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial

The First World War memorial.

Mark Acton, 2014

Ropsley, St Peter church, first world war memorial
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial
Ropsley, St Peter, war memorial

"A 1949 stained window to RAF fighter pilot Philip Dales"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter%27s_Church,_Ropsley 

Located in the south aisle. 

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Ropsley, St Peter, church, stained glass, Philip Dales
Ropsley, War Memorial, Obelisk
Ropsley, War Memorial, Obelisk
Ropsley, War Memorial, Obelisk

"The oldest memorial takes the form of a pink marble obelisk with the names of the fallen picked out in gold lettering.

It stands on the village green and was formally opened on March 30th. 1922 by the Hon Claude Willoughby MP.

It cost one hundred and seventy nine pounds thirteen shillings and four old pennies and was paid for by local people"

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/RopsleyandHumby/section.asp?docId=102350 

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Ropsley, War Memorial, Obelisk, Hon Claude Willoughby
Ropsley, War Memorial, Small Memorial
Ropsley, War Memorial, Small Memorial
Ropsley, War Memorial, Small Memorial

"At the millennium research indicated that a further small group of local men who had been lost in war had not been remembered on any local memorial.

In 2009 this was rectified. A second memorial was erected on the village green"

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/RopsleyandHumby/section.asp?docId=102350 

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Ropsley, War Memorial
Ropsley, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chapel Hill
Ropsley, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chapel Hill
Ropsley, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chapel Hill

Former chapel now a private house.

"The chapel was built in 1837 and closed in 1989"

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/upload/public/attachments/1028/ropsley_chapel.pdf

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Ropsley,