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Searby, Roadside Shelter, Back Lane
Searby, Roadside Shelter, Back Lane
Searby, Roadside Shelter, Back Lane

"Roadside shelter, 1866"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359823 

Located next to the old school and directly opposite the churchyard. 

DB 19 May 2019

Searby, Roadside shelter
Searby, School, Back Lane
Searby, School, Back Lane
Searby, School, Back Lane

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :- 

"The School was built on the site of the old Vicarage House, in 1855" 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"National (Non-provided) School (mixed), built in 1854 at a cost of £200, is now closed & the children attend the school at Grasby"

Now a private house. 

DB 19 May 2019

Searby, School
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas

Built in yellow-grey brick in 1832, St Nicholas’s comprises western tower, nave and polygonal apse.

The interior has whitewashed walls, a west gallery, and an elaborate screen and other fittings carved c1860 by the then vicar, T J M Townsend.

May 2011

Searby, St Nicholas, T J M Townsend
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas

The church of St Nicholas at Searby was built in 1832 in unpretentious style using local yellow-grey brick.

May 2011

Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel

More detailed view of the sanctuary.

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel, East Window
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel, East Window
Searby, St Nicholas, Chancel, East Window

"This window, which was recovered from the redundant church of St John's, Eton is dedicated to the parishioners of this church, as a mark of appreciation for the very sincere and warm welcome recieved by John and Jill Rowbottom July 1991. May the beauty of this window inspire all who worship here"

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, stained glass
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave

View from the gallery along the nave and into the chancel.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. Nicholas, built in 1833, is a structure of white brick, in a modern Gothic style, consisting of chancel and nave and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 5 bells and a clock:

the church was restored and reseated and a chancel screen erected during the period 1860-90, at a cost of £485:

two of the bells, the clock, altar rails and screen were the gift of the Rev. T. J. M. Townsend B.A. for 44 years vicar of this parish and to whose memory a stained window was erected in the nave in 1891, at a cost of £43:

the east window, erected in 1857, is a memorial to Richard Roadley esq. formerly lord of the manor of this parish :

in the alley of the nave there is a stone coffin lid with Latin inscription to a former vicar, who died in 1441 :

in the churchyard close to the entrance, is the capital of one of the piers of the original church, with a delicate moulding of the dog-tooth ornament:

the base of the churchyard cross still remains; and an ancient coped stone, with a raised foliated cross of very elegant design, probably of the 14th century, now covers the grave of the wife of a former parish clerk, and is inscribed : "Isabella Barkwith, died April 6th, 1712" :

there are 120 sittings"

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave

Looking west towards the gallery.

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave

Looking east towards the hand carved oak rood screen.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"the church was restored and reseated and a chancel screen erected during the period 1860-90"

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Font
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Font
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Font

"The font is late C18, an octagonal bowl on an octagonal pedestal with a square base"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063371 

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, Font
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Gallery
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Gallery
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Gallery

Detail of inscription on the gallery front.

"This loft was erected in the year MDCCCXXXII at Mrs. Roadley's expence.

John Ferraby Church warden"

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Organ
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Organ
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, Organ

An explanatory text written by Ian Major in part states :-

"This is a strange and most unusual little organ, not to say unique!

It has all the signs of an amateur builder using spare or second-hand parts ...

With only five stops, no congregational-accompanying Principals and an incomplete Bourdon of only twelve pipes for a 'straight' Pedal organ of some twenty-five keys, it is difficult to play any of the standard repertoire on it ...

The Case of the instrument bears the date 1887 and I believe a former incumbent was a bit of a craftsman (? Rev. Townsend) - a screen and carved pews - so perhaps this is some of the answer to the organ!?"

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, organ
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, War Memorial
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, War Memorial
Searby, St Nicholas, Nave, War Memorial

First World War memorial plaque.

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, war memorial
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells

The bells are now static and are rung using an "Ellacombe Apparatus”

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

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, bell
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Bells

Tuning marks visible inside bells where metal has been chiseled away.

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, bell
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Clock Mechanism
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Clock Mechanism
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Clock Mechanism

"1860s’ clock made and installed by Benson’s of London"

https://www.churchesfestival.info/2014/03/searby-cum-owmby-st-nicholas.html 

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, clock
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Ellacombe Apparatus
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Ellacombe Apparatus
Searby, St Nicholas, Tower, Ellacombe Apparatus

The bells are now static and are rung using an "Ellacombe Apparatus”

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

DB 19 May 2019

Searby cum Owmby, Saint Nicholas, Church, Ellacombe Apparatus