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Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall

Part of this fine brick building from the 16th century survives on the edge of Stixwould parish.

It was probably built for the Welby family of Moulton.

More details about this house and its owners can be found in T R Leach's book, 'Lincolnshire Country Houses and their Families: Part 1', published by SLHA.  Buy a copy.

Stixwould, Halstead Hall, Welby family, Turnor
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall

The south-west elevation of the house.

The red brick with which the house was built was fired in kilns close by. The brickyard which supplied thousands of similar bricks for the building of Tattershall Castle in the mid-fifteenth century is also nearby (Edlington Moor).

Rod Callow, 2008

Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall

Oblique view of the east elevation with moat alongside.

Rod Callow, 2008

Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall

East elevation.

Rod Callow, 2008

Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall
Stixwould, Halstead Hall

Halstead Hall was purchased as part of the Stixwould estate by the Turnors of Stoke Rochford in 1778 and was occupied by a tenant farmer. For most of the nineteenth century the tenants were members of the Longstaff family.

When the Turnors sold this part of their estate in 1911 E Everard occupied Halstead Hall.

Rod Callow, 2008

Stixwould, Halstead Hall, Turnor, Lonstaff, Everard
Stixwould, Old School
Stixwould, Old School
Stixwould, Old School

National School built 1851 with attached teacher’s house.

August 2011

Stixwould, Primary School
Stixwould, Old School
Stixwould, Old School
Stixwould, Old School

Datestone over the porch entrance. The initials C.T. refer to Christopher Turnor, the landowner who rebullt the whole village in the period 1845-1870.

It is rather odd that the bricks in this porch appear to be of a different - probably later - date than the rest of the school building. Has the date stone been moved from an earlier position?

August 2011

Stixwould, Christopher Turnor
Stixwould, Railway Building
Stixwould, Railway Building
Stixwould, Railway Building

Disused railway building, a short distance along the former track bed, south of Stixwould Station

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station

The Lincoln to Boston line was opened in 1848 as part of the Great Northern Railway’s Lincolnshire Loop Line.

It lost its goods yard in 1963 and closed for passengers in 1970. However, goods trains to and from Horncastle passed through for another six months until April 1971.

The railway here is now part of the long distance cycle and footpath, the Water Rail Way.

The stationmaster’s house, in the background, has since been imaginatively extended and the former signal box is now linked to and part of the house.

Peter Grey Archive, 1970

Stixwould, railway station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station

"The station was also the site of the Stixwould ferry across the River Witham, which closed in the 1960s.

The station building and signal box have been converted into a private dwelling and guest house ...

The line has become part of the Water Rail Way, supported by Sustrans.

The platforms survive and one has a station name board"

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

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, Railway Station

Station name board and platform edge.

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Railway Station
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

View of St Peter's from the north-west.

August 2011

Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

St Peter’s was rebuilt in 1831 using masonry from the earlier church.

Inside, the screen, font and some of the carved bench ends date from the 16th century.

Near the pulpit is a 13th century grave slab, said to come from Stixwould Priory.

August 2011

Stixwould, St Peter, priory
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

View of St Peter's from the south-east.

Peter Kirk Collection

Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. Peter, rebuilt by the Turnor family in 1831 from materials of the old church, is an edifice in the Gothic style, consisting of a large chancel, nave, north porch and an embattled western tower with four pinnacles, containing 2 old bells:

in 1864 the nave was reseated and the chancel considerably enlarged:

there is an ancient oak screen and font, and interesting pew ends:

the church affords 156 sittings:

in the churchyard is an old cross.

The register dates from the year 1543.

The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £104, with residence, in the gift of Christopher Hatton Turnor esq. J.P. and held since 1913 by the Rev. Raymond Cooper Bates M.A. of Keble College, Oxford, who is also rector of and resides at Horsington"

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Saint Peter, church
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

White's Directory of 1856 states :-

"STIXWOULD, an ancient village, a greater part of which has been rebuilt, is pleasantly seated on a fertile eminence, overlooking the vale of the Witham, over which there is a ferry, 6.5 miles W.S.W. of Horncastle, and N.N.W. of Tattershall.

It has a Station, on the rails between Lincoln and Boston, and has in its parish 255 souls, and 2250 acres of tithe-free land, belonging to Cphr. Turnor, Esq., the patron of the Church (St Peter,) which he rebuilt, in 1831,in the Gothic style, with a fine tower.

The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 10s., and now at £70, has been augmented with 24 acres of land, at Leake, purchased with Queen Anne's Bounty.

The Rev. John Woodlands Watkin, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a good Vicarage House, recently erected by the patron, with the aid of a grant of £200 from Queen Anne's Bounty"

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Saint Peter, Church
Stixwould, St Peter, Churchyard Cross
Stixwould, St Peter, Churchyard Cross
Stixwould, St Peter, Churchyard Cross

"The churchyard cross at St Peter's Church, Stixwould, is a good example of a medieval standing cross with a quadrangular base and octagonal shaft.

Situated on the south side of the church, it is believed to stand in or near its original position"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1010682 

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Saint Peter, Churchyard Cross
Stixwould, St Peter, Coffin Lid
Stixwould, St Peter, Coffin Lid
Stixwould, St Peter, Coffin Lid

Coffin lid perhaps from Stixwould Priory.

Mark Acton, 2008

Stixwould, St Peter, Priory, coffin lid
Stixwould, St Peter, Tower
Stixwould, St Peter, Tower
Stixwould, St Peter, Tower

"The 4 stage tower with embattled and pinnacled parapet has corner buttresses.

Blocked west door has 4 centred arched head and square label with human head stops.

Above is a 3 light perpendicular style window, a lancet, and to belfry stage paired lights with panel tracery and square surrounds"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063163 

DB 20 March 2019

Stixwould, Saint Peter, Church, Tower