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Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

St Michaelís is a magnificent cruciform church, dating largely from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The height and width of the Decorated nave, and the quality of the window tracery are astonishing in a parish church, while the chancel is a fine example of Early English architecture.

August 2010

Swaton, St Michael church
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

St Michaelís is a magnificent cruciform church, dating largely from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The height and width of the Decorated nave, and the quality of the window tracery are astonishing in a parish church, while the chancel is a fine example of Early English architecture.

August 2010

Swaton, St Michael church
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

Kelly's Directory 1930 has :-

"The church of St. Michael is remarkably beautiful cruciform building of stone, in the Early Geometrical, Late Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave and aisles of three bays under a single roof, transepts, fine south porch and a central embattled tower, with pinnacles, containing 3 bells :

the chancel, lower part of the tower and the piers supporting it are the earliest portion, the nave and aisles Decorated and the upper part of the tower Perpendicular :

the chancel has three lancets on each side and retains a large double Early English piscina :

in the south transept chapel, dedicated to S. John Baptist; is a piscina and aumbry and the entrance to the rood loft, and a carved oak chest :

in the north transept chapel, possibly dedicated to the Holy Virgin, are the traces of a triptych and a small trefoiled piscine:

portions of the ancient canopied chancel screen are now in the south transept:

in the north aisle is the recumbent stone effigy of a lady of the 14th century :

the west window, which is of great size, occupies the entire end of the church and, as well as the western windows of the aisles, has reticulated quatrefoiled tracery :

there is a stained window in the chancel, erected in 1921, by Mr. and Mrs. Widdowson, to two sons who fell in the Great War, 1914-18:

the font is a remarkably good and almost unique example of curvilinear gothic, and consists of an octagonal basin, carried on a shafted hexagonal stem :

the pulpit, reading-desk and choir stalls and seats are of finely carved oak, many of the latter being of 15th century work :

the nave was reseated and restored in 1851 and 1856, when some interesting frescoes, representing scenes in the life of Our Lord, were discovered above the chancel arch, but it was found impossible to preserve them :

there are 250 sittings"

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

White's Directory 1872 notes :-

"The Church (St. Michael) is a large cruciform structure, with a handsome tower rising from the centre, and supported on arches and short, well grouped piers of early English character.

The nave and aisles are fine specimens of the architecture of Edward III., and the western window, a beautiful four light of great size, occupies nearly the whole end of the church ; but the chancel appears to be of the age of Henry III., with a fine large east window of two lights.

The roof of the chancel was raised in 1856 to its original height, and the church, which contains a good organ, was re-seated at the same time.

In the north aisle is the effigy of a female, which was removed some years ago from the north transept, which is partly destroyed"

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

St Michael's church viewed from the north.

"Parish church. C12, C13, C14, C17, restored 1851, 1856 and 1909"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, Bench Ends
Swaton, St Michael, Bench Ends
Swaton, St Michael, Bench Ends

"A good collection of C14 poppybead bench ends, some 35 in all, with blank panel tracery having trefoils, quatrefoils and foliage"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, bench ends
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel

C13 chancel with a fine 2 light east window.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, chancel
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Altar
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Altar
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Altar

More detailed view of the altar.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, altar
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Doorway
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Doorway
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Doorway

"Round headed chamfered doorway with moulded imposts"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, doorway
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Monument

Memorial to the Revd Thomas Darby d.1840 a former vicar.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, Thomas Darby
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Roof
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Roof
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Roof

"The roof of the chancel was raised in 1856 to its original height"

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, roof
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Window
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Window
Swaton, St Michael, Chancel, Window

Depiction of Saint Michael.

"There is a stained window in the chancel, erected in 1921, by Mr. and Mrs. Widdowson, to two sons who fell in the Great War, 1914-18"

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, stained glass window, Widdowson
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone

An unusual cast-iron headstone close by the west end at St Michael's.

August 2010

Swaton, St Michael church iron gravestone, Sarah Allatt
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Churchyard, Gravestone

Broken cast-iron cross, once marking a grave in the churchyard of St Michael.

Unusually there were once several other cast-iron headstones or grave markers here.

August 2010

Swaton, St Michael iron gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing

View across the crossing looking towards the organ and south transept.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, crossing
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing, Wooden Vaulting
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing, Wooden Vaulting
Swaton, St Michael, Crossing, Wooden Vaulting

Church Guide has "The wooden vaulting under the tower dates from later than 1848 and masks the stone groining which Archdeacon Bonney noted in that year" 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, ceiling
Swaton, St Michael, Nave
Swaton, St Michael, Nave
Swaton, St Michael, Nave

Looking east towards the crossing and chancel beyond.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, Nave
Swaton, St Michael, Nave
Swaton, St Michael, Nave

Looking west towards the font.

"Tall 3 bay nave arcades, quatrefoil piers with concave quirks, engaged annular capitals and double wave moulded pointed arches"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Chest
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Chest
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Chest

Parish chest at the west end of the nave.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, chest
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Font
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Font
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Font

"C14 octagonal ashlar font has continuous panels of fleurons to the sides, ball flowers to the lower chamfer and an engaged shafted base with annular capitals"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, font
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Pulpit
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Pulpit
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Pulpit

C19 pulpit.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, pulpit
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Reading Desk
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Reading Desk
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Reading Desk

C19 reading desk.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Roof
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Roof
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, Roof

"C14 king post tie beam roof of nave continues uninterrupted over the aisles"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, roof
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, West Window
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, West Window
Swaton, St Michael, Nave, West Window

"the west window, which is of great size, occupies the entire end of the church and, as well as the western windows of the aisles, has reticulated quatrefoiled tracery"

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, window
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle

Looking west with ongoing repairs in the foreground.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, North Aisle, Monument

"Early C14 effigy of a lady in the north aisle, she is clad in a wimple with tightly buttoned sleeves, hands clasped in prayer and the feet resting on a dog"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

"For years her identity was in doubt, but local research has established that she was Nichola de la Haye, wife of Gerald de Camville, who was lord of the Manor at Swaton early in the 13th century.  Her father, and later her husband, were both constables at Lincoln Castle, and when Gerald died in 1214 Nicholaa kept the guardianship of the castle and defended it for King John (c.1167-1216).  She met the King in 1216, retired in 1226 and died in her sixties in 1230"

https://www.heckingtonandhelpringhamgroup.org.uk/swatonstmichael.htm 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, Nicholaa de la Haye
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept

Lady Chapel with war memorials above the altar.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, Piscina
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, Piscina
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, Piscina

"In the north transept is a C14 piscina with cusped ogee head and crocketted finial"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, piscina
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, War Memorials
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, War Memorials
Swaton, St Michael, North Transept, War Memorials

Rectangular First World War Memorial with a circular Second World War Memorial above.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, war memorial
Swaton, St Michael, Porch
Swaton, St Michael, Porch
Swaton, St Michael, Porch

"The gabled south porch has gabled angle buttresses and a moulded outer doorway with double shafts and annular capitals"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, porch
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle

Looking east towards the south transept which is screened off.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle

Double chamfered doorway into the south transept. Above the door is an incomplete C13 red painted Wheel of Life.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument

"In the south aisle is an ashlar plaque to John Billings, d.1773, in the form of a scrolled oval panel with cherub"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Monument

"A white marble tablet to John West, gentleman, d.1853, in the form of a plain pedimented obelisk"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, John West
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Wheel of Life
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Wheel of Life
Swaton, St Michael, South Aisle, Wheel of Life

"An incomplete C13 red painted Wheel of Life"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061820?section=official-list-entry 

Visible in the painting is a child in a basket and a ladder. 

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Doorway
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Doorway
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Doorway

Memorial above the door to members of the Moore family - Harriet Moore d.1832 aged 7 years, Walker Moore d.1828 aged 8 months, Louisa Moore d.1832 aged 8 months, Charles Moore d.1839 aged 4 years.

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, doorway, Moore
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Organ
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Organ
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Organ

Maker's plate reads "J.R. Cousans, Sons & Co Lincoln".

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Swaton, Saint Michael church, image, organ
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Sundial
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Sundial
Swaton, St Michael, South Transept, Sundial

This simple sundial is set in the wall of the south transept above a fifteenth century Perpendicular window.

Swaton, sundial, Perpendicular,