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Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints

All Saints church, Ruskington, has a Norman tower arch, Early English chancel and a fine Decorated south arcade.

The tower was rebuilt in 1620 after collapsing. At the east end of the south aisle is an attractive window by William Morris.


Mark Acton, 2007

Ruskington, All Saints church, William Morris,
Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints

Entrance to the churchyard, from the south, via a bridge over The Beck.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of All Saints is a large building of stone, in the Norman and Early English periods, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a low western tower, with plain parapet, containing a clock and 6 bells:

the tower is a debased structure, chiefly rebuilt in 1620 by the aid of a "brief," when its grand Norman arch, dating from about 1150 was removed to the south side of the church:

the chancel arch and both arcades are Early English, the south arcade being however more richly ornamented and taking precedence as to date:

the chancel retains sedilia, a piscina and an aumbry:

the font is of the perpendicular period ; on one of its panels the instruments of Our Lord's Crucifixion are carved, and on another appears the pillar of flagellation, flanked by a sword and some other emblems :

in the tower is a large oak chest of the 16th century:

the church was restored in 1861 at a cost of £850, when the building was new roofed and refitted, under the direction of Mr. Charles Kirk, architect, of Sleaford:

in 1873 the chancel, which had been deprived of 6 feet of its length in 1710, was enlarged and a stained window inserted at the east end :

the organ was provided in 1904 and in 1907 a new oak chancel screen was erected as a memorial to William Pattinson esq. churchwarden, and new oak choir seats and belfry screen erected under the direction of Mr. Hodgson Fowler, architect, of Durham"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel

View across the sanctuary to the "heavily restored triple arched sedilia"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375

The chancel was rebuilt c.1885.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, chancel
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, East Window
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, East Window
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, East Window

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"in 1873 the chancel, which had been deprived of 6 feet of its length in 1710, was enlarged and a stained window inserted at the east end"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, stained glass
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Monument
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Monument
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Monument

"Chancel, carved stone tablet to Robert Cranwell 1776, signed by J Hall of Sleaford"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church Robert Cranwell
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Organ
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Organ
Ruskington, All Saints, Chancel, Organ

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"the organ was provided in 1904"

Maker's plate "Peter Conacher & Co., Springwood, Huddersfield"

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

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, Organ, Peter Conacher
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard

Many Pattinson family graves - that of Samuel d.1856 & Jane d.1874 on the left :- 

http://www.ruskingtonburials.co.uk/the-pattinson-family/ 

Samuel Pattinson a later member of the family was a businessman and Liberal politician :-

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

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard, Pattinson
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard

Pevsner states "Headless priest, C14, much defaced, in the churchyard s of the church"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard

Pair of headstones with that on the right in memory of Ambrose Brown d.1822 (and two of his sons) made from slate.

Pevsner states "Enjoyable slate headstones in the churchyard".

The slate headstones post date the opening of the Sleaford Navigation in 1794.

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

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Churchyard
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave

Looking east towards the chancel.

"C19 wooden roofs, pews, choir stalls, pulpit, rood screen and reredos"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave
Ruskington, All Saints, Nave

Looking west towards the tower arch.

To celebrate the new millenium "the tower has been altered to provide a new Vestry, Kitchen and Toilet"

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Ruskington/section.asp?docId=94156 

Pevsner comments "The exterior would not make one expect the powerful Norman tower arch, mid C12 probably" 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church
Ruskington, All Saints, North Aisle, Font
Ruskington, All Saints, North Aisle, Font
Ruskington, All Saints, North Aisle, Font

"C15 octagonal ashlar bowl and stem font, with quatrefoil panels containing alternate shields and roses"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, Font
Ruskington, All Saints, Porch
Ruskington, All Saints, Porch
Ruskington, All Saints, Porch

"The porch has banded rubble walling, a chamfered plinth, chamfered coped gable with cross finial and short angle buttresses"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, porch
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle

Looking east.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, East Window
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, East Window
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, East Window

Pevsner states :-

"Beautiful Morris glass of c. 1873-4.

Three lights, three figures, the ascending Christ and two angels in white robes.

Lovely flowers, pale yellow, on the quarries below and around the figures"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, stained glass, William Morris
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, Memorial
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, Memorial
Ruskington, All Saints, South Aisle, Memorial

"IN MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 1ST AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939-1945"

The Reconnaissance Squadron was stationed in the village in 1944 prior to the Battle of Arnhem.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, Reconnaissance Squadron, Battle of Arnhem
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower

"Tower restored 1620 after the collapse of the spire"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261375

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church, tower
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower
Ruskington, All Saints, Tower

Were these initials added to the tower when it was restored in 1620?

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, All Saints, Church
Ruskington, Almshouses (Site), Corner of Pinfold Lane & West Gate
Ruskington, Almshouses (Site), Corner of Pinfold Lane & West Gate
Ruskington, Almshouses (Site), Corner of Pinfold Lane & West Gate

Almshouses marked here on the OS 25 inch map published 1905.

Buildings have been demolished but there is an inscribed stone set in the wall - unfortunately the text was undecipherable. 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Almshouse
Ruskington, Black Bull, Public House, Rectory Road
Ruskington, Black Bull, Public House, Rectory Road
Ruskington, Black Bull, Public House, Rectory Road

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 lists :-

Prince Mrs My. vict. Black Bull 

and in 1919 Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire lists :-

Spratt William, Black Bull P.H

DB 23 February 2019

Ruskington, Black Bull, Public House, Rectory Road
Ruskington, Footbridge Across The Beck
Ruskington, Footbridge Across The Beck
Ruskington, Footbridge Across The Beck

Combined seat and footbridge dated 2014.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Footbridge, The Beck
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street

Zion Wesleyan Reform Methodist Chapel.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Free Church, Zion Wesleyan Reform Methodist Chapel, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Free Church, Chestnut Street

Date stone reading 1883. 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Free Church, Zion Wesleyan Reform Methodist Chapel, Chestnut Street
Ruskington, Garden of Remembrance
Ruskington, Garden of Remembrance
Ruskington, Garden of Remembrance

Plaque at the entrance to the Garden of Remembrance:-

"THIS GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE IS DEDICATED BY THE INHABITANTS OF RUSKINGTON TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF ALL THOSE MEN OF THE VILLAGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO WORLD WARS 19141918 AND 19391945 AND IN THANKFULNESS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE VILLAGE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR"

Situated at the corner of Sleaford Road and Rectory Road.

For further information see :-

http://ruskingtonwarmemorials.mrallsophistory.com/the-war-memorial-gardens/ 

DB 21 August 2019 

 

Ruskington, Garden of Remembrance
Ruskington, Infants School, High Street South
Ruskington, Infants School, High Street South
Ruskington, Infants School, High Street South

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Council (infants), erected in 1880, for 140 children (infants & standard I); Miss Mary Elizabeth Cunnington, mistress"

Now Ruskington Youth Centre.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington Youth Centre, School
Ruskington, Methodist Church, Chapel Street
Ruskington, Methodist Church, Chapel Street
Ruskington, Methodist Church, Chapel Street

"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 chapel "north of Town Street" was erected in 1833.

ii) A new chapel, in Chapel Street, was built in 1849.

The complex was replaced in 1958 by a new dual purpose hall on the same site, opened on the 18.9.1958, and which became the church with the opening of a new schoolroom in 1964.

It is still in use with a membership of 49.

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Methodist Church
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station

Super Sprinter 153382 about to depart from Platform 1 bound for Metheringham and Lincoln.

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

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 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Railway Station, Super Sprinter 153382
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station

Looking north from Platform 2, towards Priory Road Bridge, a Footbridge and Fen Road Bridge just visible in the distance.

"Ruskington railway station serves the village of Ruskington in Lincolnshire, England.

It opened in 1882 as part of the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway between Sleaford and Lincoln Central.

It closed in 1961 but was reopened in 1975.

The station is now owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Railway who provide all rail services"

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

The original station building as depicted on older maps has been demolished. 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Railway Station

"In 2014 work was undertaken to improve access at the station.

This included the construction of new railway bridges and disabled access ramps to safely cross the lines.

Previous access from one platform to the other was by crossing both railway lines"

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

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Railway Station
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Reading Room and Library, built in 1877, by public subscription, on a site presented by the Earl of Winchilsea, was greatly improved in 1891 by Mrs. E. Pattinson.

It consists of reading and games and billiard rooms; the library contains 300 volumes"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Reading Room
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library
Ruskington, Reading Room & Library

Foundation stone laid by Edith Finch Hatton January 2nd 1877.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 states "Reading room and library, built in I877, by public subscription, on a site presented by the Hon. M. E. G. Finch-Hatton D.L., J.P. ; James Adlard, secretary; Frank Cock, librarian"

(Finch Hatton is the family name of the Earls of Winchilsea)

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Reading Room
Ruskington, Red Lion, Public House
Ruskington, Red Lion, Public House
Ruskington, Red Lion, Public House

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Roe Albert Henry, Red Lion P.H. High street"

and in 1885 

"Thorpe Mary Ann (Mrs.), Red Lion P.H" 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Red Lion, Public House
Ruskington, Ruskington Garden Centre, Newton Lane
Ruskington, Ruskington Garden Centre, Newton Lane
Ruskington, Ruskington Garden Centre, Newton Lane

"Ruskington Garden Centre is based in a range of 18th century farm buildings constructed in the early 1700s.

The Garden Centre was started as a farm diversification by the Elkington family, who still farm in the Ruskington area"

http://www.ruskingtongardencentre.co.uk/about-us/ 

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington Garden Centre
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 lists :-

Baldock Walter, butcher and vict., Shoulder of Mutton

Prince Mrs My. vict. Black Bull 

Smith Wm. vict. Red Lion

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton, Inn, Public House
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street
Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street

Detail of Inn signboard.

"Circa 18th Century" 

DB 21 August 2019 

Ruskington, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Church Street
Ruskington, Teatotal Houses, Jubilee Street
Ruskington, Teatotal Houses, Jubilee Street
Ruskington, Teatotal Houses, Jubilee Street

"Pair of cottages. c.1886"

"Both sets of gables are ashlar coped with ornate ashlar kneelers and finials, plus elaborately dentilated brick eaves. Each of these ornate ashlar kneelers has a word carved on, and together they read "TEATOTAL HOUSES, VICTORIA JUBILEE""

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261356  

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Teatotal Houses, Victoria Jubilee
Ruskington, Winchelsea Centre
Ruskington, Winchelsea Centre
Ruskington, Winchelsea Centre

Now the home of the Parish Office & Winchelsea Centre.

A former school. Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states "Non-Provided (mixed), built with master's house, by public subscription, in 1868, at a cost of £1,000, on a site given by the Dowager Countess of Winchilsea; it will hold 120 children; Charles Beattie, master"

DB 21 August 2019

Ruskington, Winchelsea Centre, Parish Office, school