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West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

St Mary’s was rebuilt in 1860 by R J Withers re-using medieval masonry, and consists of nave with western bell-cote and chancel.

The building is no longer in use as a church.

August 2013

West Torrington, St Mary church
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

St Mary's was rebuilt in 1860 by R J Withers re-using medieval masonry, and consists of nave with western bell-cote and chancel.

The building is no longer in use as a church.

August 2013

West Torrington, St Mary church, R J Withers
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

View of St Marys' nave from the north.

August 2015

West Torrington, St Mary church
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

View of the porch and double bellcote. Pevsner speculates that the bellcote predates the Victorian restoration.

August 2015

West Torrington, St Mary church
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. Mary, rebuilt by subscription in 1862, from the designs of Mr. Withers, is a small edifice of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and a turret containing one bell:

during the restoration of the church, the battered remains of an effigy of a Knight Templar were found outside the church, confirming a tradition, of long standing, that three crusaders had been respectively buried at Panton, Buslingthorpe and West Torrington:

the other effigies still exist in the two former churches; the fragments discovered have been placed near the font, which is a fine and unusually large structure of the Norman period:

the stained east window is a memorial to William George Ernest Windham Gerald B.A. of St. John's College, Oxford:

there are 116 sittings"

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, Saint Mary, Church
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

View across the church through a partly broken window.

Reported by the BBC on 20 April 2012 that :-

"A church with a congregation of just one person has been put up for sale in Lincolnshire.

The church of St Mary, West Torrington, has a guide price of £30,000"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-17784656 

Unfortunately the church is now closed and is presumably receiving very little if any maintenance - apart from a few partly broken windows it was evident that some of the roof tiles had slipped.

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, Saint Mary, Church
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary
West Torrington, St Mary

Viewed through a partly broken window.

"Thomas Wimberley Mossman was vicar 1859-1885 and brought about the restoration of the church.

He was an important and controversial figure in the Oxford movement, correspondent of Cardinal Newman and founder of a Brotherhood aimed at financing young men from poor backgrounds through their training at Theological College and thus into the priesthood.

Mossman was also notable as an historian and active Liberal politician and a crucial figure in the early Oecumenical Movement"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147481 

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West Torrington, Saint Mary, Church, Thomas Wimberley Mossman
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard

Signboard at the entrance to the churchyard.

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, Saint Mary, Churchyard, noticeboard
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard Cross
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard Cross
West Torrington, St Mary, Churchyard Cross

"Cross. C14. 1700, 1892. Limestone ashlar. 3 steps, the lower 2 C19, the central step inscribed with dedication to Reverend T. W. Mossman and his wife Anne"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063069 

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West Torrington, Saint Mary, Church
West Torrington, St Mary, Font
West Torrington, St Mary, Font
West Torrington, St Mary, Font

"Early C12 font with beaded interesecting arcade and scalloped capitals"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147481 

Viewed through a partly broken window. 

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West Torrington, Saint Mary, Church, Font
West Torrington, St Mary, War Memorial
West Torrington, St Mary, War Memorial
West Torrington, St Mary, War Memorial

First World War Memorial inside south porch.

Dedicated 8th January 1922.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/48824 

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West Torrington, Saint Mary, War Memorial
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel

In "A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Market Rasen & Caistor Circuit Past And Present” prepared by Colin Shepherdson & Eileen H Mumby September 1997 (revised August 1998) it is stated that :-

"A chapel was built in 1859 and the last service occurred in September 1933" 

August 2015


West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel

Although out of use as a place of worship for many years, the old chapel appears to be in relatively good condition.

August 2015

West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel

Undated postcard of the former Methodist chapel.

The extension to the right was the Sunday School room.

West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel

Difficult to fully decipher the inscription on the date stone above the door.

???? METHODIST

???? CHURCH

A.D. 1859 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states

"There is a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1859, and a United Methodist chapel, erected in the same year"

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, United Free Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

In "A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Market Rasen & Caistor Circuit Past And Present” prepared by Colin Shepherdson & Eileen H Mumby September 1997 (revised August 1998) it is stated that :-

"i) A house was registered in 1769 and a chapel built in 1843.

ii) A second chapel was built in 1859 and a Sunday school added to the side in 1893. It is still in use with a membership of 8"

Unfortunately the chapel closed in 2007.

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Inscription above the side extension states "THE CARR MEMORIAL 1893".

There is a simple date stone above the main entrance reading "1859".

DB 18 April 2019

West Torrington, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel