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Alkborough, St John Baptist, Churchyard Cross
Alkborough, St John Baptist, Churchyard Cross
Alkborough, St John Baptist, Churchyard Cross

"Churchyard cross shaft. Medieval. Gritstone. Square section shaft approximately 2 metres high, the upper section of which has been remarkably weathered and worn by blade-sharpening"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1241763 

DB 15 July 2018

Alkborough, Churchyard Cross, Saint John The Baptist, Church
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone

A finely decorated gravestone by the north-east corner of the church.

May 2015

Ancaster, St Martin church, gravestone
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone
Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone

This is a fine, deeply carved headstone in local limestone. Unfortunately the inscription has long since disappeared.

April 2016

Ancaster, St Martin, gravestone
Anwick, St Edith, Churchyard Cross
Anwick, St Edith, Churchyard Cross
Anwick, St Edith, Churchyard Cross

This fragment of a cross with its fluted shaft stands to the east of the church.

June 2013

Anwick, St Edith, cross
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross

The stump of a medieval cross stands to the south-west of the church.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, cross
Billingborough, St&nbspAndrew, grave marker
Billingborough, St Andrew, grave marker
Billingborough, St Andrew, grave marker

This grave stone or marker, in slate and mounted on the south wall, is for Richard Smith (d.1809, aged 68) and his wife Rebekah (d.1779, aged 39).

October 2017

Billingborough, St Andrew, Grave marker, Richard Rebekah Smith
Brant Broughton, St Helen, War Memorial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, War Memorial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, War Memorial

A wall tablet in the church states that the churchyard cross was restored as a memorial to those killed in World War 1.

DB 2 July 2018

Brant Broughton, Saint Helen, Church, churchyard cross, war memorial
Cadney, All Saints, Tombstone
Cadney, All Saints, Tombstone
Cadney, All Saints, Tombstone

"Tombstone: headstone. 1728. Limestone. To Gertrude Barker.

Approximately 40cm high, with moulded upper edge.

Good inscription in distinctive style"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1346520 

The date "1728" distinguishable in the bottom left hand corner. 

DB 17 June 2018

Cadney, All Saints church, Tombstone, Gertrude Barker
Caythorpe, St Vincent, Churchyard Cross
Caythorpe, St Vincent, Churchyard Cross
Caythorpe, St Vincent, Churchyard Cross

"Churchyard cross, C14 with additions of 1906" 

"a good example of a medieval standing cross with a quadrangular socket-stone and octagonal shaft"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1009225 

DB 25 April 2018

Caythorpe, Saint Vincent, Church, Cross
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone

Part of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft.

Mark Acton, 2017

Creeton, St Peter, standing stone
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone
Creeton, St Peter, standing stone

Part of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft.

Mark Acton, 2017

Creeton, St Peter standing stone
Deeping St James, shelter
Deeping St James, shelter
Deeping St James, shelter
This shelter to protect the parson during rainy burial services - dates from the 18th century.
Deeping St James, church, graveside shelter
Eagle, All Saints, entrance arch
Eagle, All Saints, entrance arch
Eagle, All Saints, entrance arch

The entrance arch was erected in 1920 as a World War I memorial.

The inscription reads: 'They have passed through the valley of the shadow of death and entered the life eternal'

October 2016

Eagle, All Saints, entrance arch
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb

The tomb of Samuel Wesley, John Wesley's father and former rector of Epworth, is in the churchyard close to the sough-east corner of the nave.

John famously stood on the grave to preach when he was refused permission to hold his service inside St Andrew's.

postcard by Bramley of Leeds, undated

Epworth, St Andrew church, Samuel Wesley tomb, Bramley Leeds
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones

Close to the south door at St Mary's church, Evedon, are a number of limestone tombs of the late 17th and early 18th century.

October 2011

Evedon, St Mary, tombs. limestone
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones
Evedon, St Mary, gravestones

Another view of the fine collection of headstones at St Mary's church.

June 2017

Evedon, St Mary, Gravestones, headstones
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone

A distinctive gravestone for a casualty of the First World War.

The dedication reads:

HERBERT LEWIS / Captain in the R.F.A. [Royal Field Artillery] / died April 17th 1917 aged 36 / he nobly answered duty's call.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, gravestone
Gunby, St Peter, Churchyard
Gunby, St Peter, Churchyard
Gunby, St Peter, Churchyard

"Dr Raymond Maurice Ayres, Scientist, aeronautical software engineer and bell founder"

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/53334/mr-raymond-ayres-mechanical-engineering-msc/ 

Managing Director of John Taylor Bell Foundry and lessee of Gunby Hall. 

DB 20 July 2018

Gunby, St Peter church, churchyard, Raymond Maurice Ayres, John Taylor Bell Foundry
Habrough, St Margaret, gravestone
Habrough, St Margaret, gravestone
Habrough, St Margaret, gravestone

The elaborate script on this gravestone in Habrough churchyard dates from 1855, 14 years before the present church was built.

July 2014

Habrough, St Margaret church, gravestone inscription
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard

Grave of Nathaniel Clayton Cockburn who died 2nd January 1924.

Owner of Harmston Hall and grandson of Nathaniel Clayton, the Lincoln iron founder.

Church benefactor who provided three of the stained glass windows 1905-6, the angel lectern 1908, and a pair of iron doors for the south porch 1910. 

DB 16 July 2018

Harmston, All Saints church, churchyard, Nathaniel Clayton Cockburn
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard
Harmston, All Saints, Churchyard

The grave of John Willson killed whilst erecting the statue of George III on top of Dunston Pillar 1810.

"He who erected the nobel King 

Is here now laid by Death's sharp sting"

DB 16 July 2018

Harmston, All Saints church, churchyard, John Willson
Heckington, St Andrew, churchyard cross
Heckington, St Andrew, churchyard cross
Heckington, St Andrew, churchyard cross

The base and lower shaft of a medieval cross in the churchyard on the south side of the church.

June 2015

Heckington, St Andrew churchyard cross
Howell, St Oswald, churchyard cross
Howell, St Oswald, churchyard cross
Howell, St Oswald, churchyard cross

On the south side of the church, near the porch, is this cross with a medieval base. Around the base is an inscription to John Spenser, fifteenth century rector.

June 2017

Howell, St Oswald, churchyard cross, John Spenser
Langton by Wragby, St Giles
Langton by Wragby, St Giles
Langton by Wragby, St Giles

Entrance to churchyard with notice 

"Birthplace of Stephen Langton"

DB 2 May 2018

Langton by Wragby, St Giles, Church, Stephen Langton, Churchyard
Leadenham, St Swithin, Gravestones
Leadenham, St Swithin, Gravestones
Leadenham, St Swithin, Gravestones

Fine eighteenth century tombstones by the north-west corner of the church.

April 2013

Leadenham, St Swithin, gravestones
Leasingham, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross
Leasingham, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross
Leasingham, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross

Inscription reads

"EDWARD TROLLOPE DD

BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM

ARCHDEACON OF STOW AND

FOR 50 YEARS RECTOR OF

THIS PARISH BORN APRIL 15

1817 DIED DECMBR 10 1893" 

DB 8 July 2018

Leasingham, Saint Andrew, Church, Churchyard Cross, Edward Trollope
Legsby, St Thomas
Legsby, St Thomas
Legsby, St Thomas

Sundial in the churchyard at St Thomas's church, Legsby.

August 2010

Legsby, St Thomas church, sundial
Little Ponton, St Guthlac, Richard Todd's Gravestone
Little Ponton, St Guthlac, Richard Todd's Gravestone
Little Ponton, St Guthlac, Richard Todd's Gravestone

Gravestone of Richard Todd Oscar-nominated actor best known for war dramas like "The Dam Busters", "The Longest Day", "Yangtse Incident" and "The Hasty Heart".

An officer in the 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Battalion he was one of the first to land in Normandy in advance of the main D-Day landings. 

DB 25 February 2012 

Little Ponton, St Guthlac, Richard Andrew Palethorpe Todd, Gravestone
Mareham le Fen, churchyard cross
Mareham le Fen, churchyard cross
Mareham le Fen, churchyard cross

The medieval stone cross close to the south door at Mareham church is Grade II listed. It dates from the fourteenth century and was restored in 1904.

June 2013

Mareham le Fen, St Helen, churchyard cross
Marston, St Mary, Churchyard Cross
Marston, St Mary, Churchyard Cross
Marston, St Mary, Churchyard Cross

"The churchyard cross at Marston is a good example of a medieval standing cross with a stepped base which was restored in the early post-medieval period"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1009209 

Sundial was part of the later restorations.

DB 23 July 2018

Marston, Saint Mary, Church, Churchyard, Sundial, churchyard cross
Nettleham, All Saints, Gravestone
Nettleham, All Saints, Gravestone
Nettleham, All Saints, Gravestone

In the churchyard of All Saints, Nettleham, close to the wall by the Beck, is this badly worn gravestone.

It is has a carved angel head and reads "Tho. Gardiner Post Boy of Lincoln Barbarously Murdered by Isaac Tho. Hallay Jan 3 1732 aged 19

This was not the only murder committed by the Hallay brothers. They were duly executed for their crimes.


Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Nettleham, All Saints, church, gravestone, Gardiner, Hallay, murder,
Nettleham, All Saints, Stone Coffin
Nettleham, All Saints, Stone Coffin
Nettleham, All Saints, Stone Coffin

This stone coffin close to the south porch of All Saints Church Nettleham is steeply tapered and has a recess for the head.

It is dated to around the 15th century.


Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Nettleham, All Saints, church, stone coffin,
Partney, St Nicholas, churchyard cross
Partney, St Nicholas, churchyard cross
Partney, St Nicholas, churchyard cross

This medieval cross with truncated shaft stands to the south of the church.

The base is carved with symbols of the four Evangelists on shields.

September 2015

Partney, St Nicholas church, churchyard cross
Partney, St Nicholas, Flinders memorial
Partney, St Nicholas, Flinders memorial
Partney, St Nicholas, Flinders memorial

A stone commemoration in the churchyard of the marriage of Captain Matthew Flinders to Ann Chappelle, step daughter of Rev William Tyler, of Partney on 17 April 1801.

Mark Acton, 2015

Partney, St Nicholas, Matthew Flinders, marriage, Ann Chappelle, William Tyler
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity, churchyard cross
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity, churchyard cross
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity, churchyard cross

The 14th century churchyard cross was restored in 1903.

There are gabled and crocketed carved panels on top, surmounted by a cross.

September 2015

Raithby By Spilsby, Holy Trinity, churchyard cross
Riseholme, St Mary, Gravestone
Riseholme, St Mary, Gravestone
Riseholme, St Mary, Gravestone

The grave of Bishop John Kaye (Bishop of Lincoln) in Riseholme churchyard is attributed to S.S.Teulon.

It is in the shape of a church. The brass railings round it are suffering from neglect.


Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Riseholme, St Mary church, Bishop Kaye, Teulon,
Scampton, St John Baptist
Scampton, St John Baptist
Scampton, St John Baptist

The tower of St John the Baptist Church is 14th century.

Much of the interior dates from 1876/7, though the chancel arch and the N aisle windows (seen here) are 16th century.

RAF Scampton is nearby, and the churchyard contains about 100 military graves. Many are the graves of allied aircrew who died during WW2.

Also here are the graves of several German airmen.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Scampton, St John, Baptist church, RAF Scampton, gravestones,
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict

Richard Tasker, gamekeeper on the Dymoke's Scrivelsby estate, was murdered on 2 February 1850.

He was buried in the churchyard at St Benedict's church

June 2013

Scrivelsby, St Benedict church, Richard Tasker
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict

One of the fine churchyard gravestone memorials to a member of the Dymoke family, King's Champions.

June 2013

Scrivelsby, St Benedict church, Dymoke
South Witham, St John Baptist, headstone
South Witham, St John Baptist, headstone
South Witham, St John Baptist, headstone

A headstone in Celtic style.

September 2010

South Witham, St John Baptist
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew, Saxon Cross
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew, Saxon Cross
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew, Saxon Cross

Saxon Cross in churchyard - scheduled ancient monument. 

DB 17 May 2018

Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew, Churchyard, saxon cross
Swaton, St Michael, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, 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, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, Gravestone
Swaton, St Michael, 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
Swayfield, St Nicholas
Swayfield, St Nicholas
Swayfield, St Nicholas

Spring scene of celandines in the churchyard on the north side of the building.

March 2017

Swayfield, St Nicholas
Syston, St Mary, Churchyard
Syston, St Mary, Churchyard
Syston, St Mary, Churchyard

Churchyard cross and church with Syston Old Hall in the background.

DB 14 March 2018   

Syston, St Mary, churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard

Gravestone of Lieutenant-General Gonville Bromhead 17581822 created Baronet in 1806. Located immediately at the foot of the west tower.

His grandson Gonville Bromhead, youngest son of the third Baronet, received the Victoria Cross for his part in the defence of Rorke's Drift 1879.  He was played by Michael Caine in the film "Zulu". 

DB 15 February 2018 

Thurlby, General, Gonville Bromhead, Baronet
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard

Royal Air Force memorial cross inscribed "School of Recruit Training".

Many war and post war RAF graves in Thurlby churchyard which is located close to former airbase RAF Swinderby. 

DB 21 February 2018  

  

Thurlby, RAF Swinderby, School of Recruit Training, Graves
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard

Many war and post war RAF graves in Thurlby churchyard which is located close to former airbase RAF Swinderby. 

DB 15 February 2018  

Thurlby, RAF Swinderby, Graves
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard Cross
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard Cross
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Churchyard Cross

A scheduled ancient monument. The Historic England listing states

".... The churchyard cross at Thurlby is a good example of the stepped base of a standing cross. Situated to the west of the tower, it is believed to stand in or near its original position. Limited disturbance of the area immediately surrounding the cross indicates that archaeological deposits relating to the monument's construction and use in this location are likely to survive intact. The cross has continued in use as a public monument and amenity from medieval times to the present day ..."

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1013082 

DB 21 February 2018 

Thurlby, Churchyard Cross
Timberland, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross
Timberland, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross
Timberland, St Andrew, Churchyard Cross

In memory of Christopher George Wheat former parish priest who died 1908.

DB 22 May 2018

Timberland, Saint Andrew, church, churchyard cross, Christopher George Wheat
Toynton All Saints, church
Toynton All Saints, church
Toynton All Saints, church

The churchyard has been allowed to grow wild.

July 2016

Toynton All Saints, church
Toynton All Saints, church, church notice
Toynton All Saints, church, church notice
Toynton All Saints, church, church notice

Someone has made a valiant attempt to stir parishioners into action!

July 2016

Toynton All Saints, church notice
Utterby, St Andrew, cross base
Utterby, St Andrew, cross base
Utterby, St Andrew, cross base

C14 cross base on the south side of Saint Andrew's church. 

DB 1 April 2018

Utterby, Cross Base
Waddington, St Michael, Churchyard
Waddington, St Michael, Churchyard
Waddington, St Michael, Churchyard

Commonwealth war graves in Saint Michael's churchyard.

DB 30 April 2018 

Waddington, St Michael church, churchyard, Commonwealth war graves
West Keal, St Helen, churchyard cross
West Keal, St Helen, churchyard cross
West Keal, St Helen, churchyard cross

The churchyard cross - with some medieval elements - is close by the south door.

July 2014

West Keal, St Helen church, churchyard cross
West Rasen, All Saints, Churchyard Cross
West Rasen, All Saints, Churchyard Cross
West Rasen, All Saints, Churchyard Cross

The churchyard cross, with medieval base, is to the south of the church.

July 2013

West Rasen, All Saints church, churchyard cross
Winthorpe, St Mary, churchyard cross
Winthorpe, St Mary, churchyard cross
Winthorpe, St Mary, churchyard cross

The cross to the south of the church has been restored on more than one occasion.

A bronze plaque at the base reads: 'This cross was restored in memory of Winthorpe men who gave their lives 1914-1920'

August 2013

Winthorpe, St Mary, churchyard cross
Wroot, St Pancras, Wesley Memorial Stone
Wroot, St Pancras, Wesley Memorial Stone
Wroot, St Pancras, Wesley Memorial Stone

As a young man, John Wesley was a curate at Wroot for two years, where his father was then rector.

This commemorative stone stands at the entrance to Wroot churchyard.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Wroot, St Pancras church, John Wesley, memorial