Choose a Topic ....
Photograph Galleries
ABCDEFGHIKLMNOPQRSTUWY
Churches - Interior - Decoration
 
Allington, Holy Trinity, Chancel
Allington, Holy Trinity, Chancel
Allington, Holy Trinity, Chancel

"Above the vestry door is a large C19 coat of arms of Coade stone"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062909 

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

DB 3 November 2018

Allington, Holy Trinity, Church
Anwick, St Edith
Anwick, St Edith
Anwick, St Edith

Sited in the tower. Shows the Royal Arms of 1707-14.

Mark Acton, 2018

Anwick, Royal Arms
Aslackby, St&nbspJames, graffiti
Aslackby, St James, graffiti
Aslackby, St James, graffiti

The graffito to the left is a post mill, probably unconnected to the one on the right.

October 2017

Aslackby, graffito, post mill
Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, chancel trompe d'oeil
Barrowby, All Saints, Chancel, Reredos
Barrowby, All Saints, Chancel, Reredos
Barrowby, All Saints, Chancel, Reredos

An associated brass plaque fixed to the south wall of the chancel states :-

"IN MEMORY OF THE REV. CANON GEORGE EARLE WELBY PREBENDARY OF LINCOLN AND RECTOR OF THIS PARISH FROM I849 TO 1900 AND AUGUSTA HIS WIFE.

ALSO MAJOR GENERAL THE HON. SIR SAVAGE LLOYD MOSTYN KCB ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS.

THIS REREDOS WAS ERECTED BY HIS WIFE EMILY SARAH LLOYD MOSTYN DAUGHTER OF REV, CANON G.E.WELBY 1920"

DB 12 November 2018

Barrowby, All Saints, Church, chancel, reredos, GEORGE EARLE WELBY, SAVAGE LLOYD MOSTYN
Belchford, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Roof
Belchford, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Roof
Belchford, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Roof

"C19 roofs, that in chancel with painted decoration"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359659 

DB 3 September 2018

Belchford, Church, Saint Peter & Saint Paul, chancel, roof
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist
Benniworth, St Julian, Chancel, Tiles
Benniworth, St Julian, Chancel, Tiles
Benniworth, St Julian, Chancel, Tiles

C19 encaustic tiles in the sanctuary.

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

DB 9 September 2018

Benniworth, Saint Julian, Church, Encaustic Tiles
Billinghay, St Michael
Billinghay, St Michael
Billinghay, St Michael

Sited on the west wall of the nave. Royal Arms of 1801-16. Marked at the base 'Anthony Radford Churchwarden 1801 Everith Painter'. The board also contains the Lord's Prayer, the Commandments & the Creed.

Mark Acton, 2018

Billinghay, Royal Arms
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln

This figurine is on the east wall of the chancel.

St Hugh (1135-1200) was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1186. He is depicted carrying a model of the Lincoln Cathedral, which he was instrumental in restoring.

August 2013

Bilsby, St Nicholas church, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy&nbspTrinity, St Hilda
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda

This figurine is on the east wall of the chancel.

St Hilda (614-680) founded Whitby Abbey.  It is a model of the abbey church she carries here.

August 2013

Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Chancel Vault
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Chancel Vault
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Chancel Vault

"Chancel has wood and plaster lierne vault, also elaborately painted"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147497

DB 2 July 2018

Brant Broughton, Saint Helen, Church, Chancel lierne vault
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Nave Roof
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Nave Roof
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Nave Roof

"Carefully restored early C16 angel nave roof, elaborately painted"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147497

DB 2 July 2018

Brant Broughton, Saint Helen, Church, Nave Roof, Angel
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting

The following notes are provided in the church:

'This extraordinary and most probably unique picture is painted on six horizontal wooden planks, curving on the left-hand side to fit the chancel arch where it hung as part of a tympanum until some time between 1830 and 1879. it is 5ft 1in high and 6ft 10in wide tapering to 5ft 11in at the top.

At the bottom is an inscription:
Robert Stephenson: Spaines proud armado with great strength and power / Great Britain's stae came gapeing to devour. / This dragon's guts like Pharoas scattered hoast / Lay splitt and drown's upon the Irish Coast. / For of eight score save too ships sent from Spaine / But twenty five scarce sound return'd again.

The dragon is scarlet and fills the centre of the picture in a huge ovel sweep, encircling a small fleet and with more ships in every twist of its body and tail. Projecting from the edge of the picture into the sea around it are promontories of land labelled for lack of  sophisticated cartographical layout.

In the top left corner is Hibernia, with lower down a ship of war flying St Patrick's cross. Many smaller ships also have this flag. In the bottom left corner is France. To the top right is Scotland with a huge fleet crowded around its coast and to the lower right Angliae. Here the troops are marshalled on the shore behind a drummer and a standard. The flag has the cross of St George recognisable in the corner.

The Spanish fleet is clustered around the red dragon referred to in the inscription and in the process of being wrecked on the shores of Scotland and Ireland. Fire ships are to be seen floating into the midst of them. The English soldiers with drummer wait on the shore beside a small town.

It seems possible that the picture was painted soon after the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) and was repaired in the first half of the 17th century.

There are mortices in the chancel arch showing the former positions of the rood beam. The painting presumably fitted into half of the space between this and the top of the screen filling the gap left by the removal of the rood.'

The painting currently hangs on the west wall of the nave above the tower arch.

May 2016

Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul. Armada painting
Burgh on Bain, St Helen, Chancel, Tiles
Burgh on Bain, St Helen, Chancel, Tiles
Burgh on Bain, St Helen, Chancel, Tiles

C19 encaustic tiles in the chancel presumably dating from the 18711872 restoration.

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

DB 9 September 2018

Burgh on Bain, Saint Helen, Church, encaustic tile
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting

Above the chancel arch are fragments of a medieval Doom painting a depiction of the Last Judgement.

September 2014

Carlby, St Stephen church, wall painting
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop

One of several decorated stops at the springing points of the arches in the arcades in St Michael's.

April 2016




Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting

A medieval wall painting in the north aisle of the church of St John the Evangelist in Corby Glen.

Mark Acton, 2014

Corby Glen, St John Evangelist church, wall painting
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

In 1883-84 Bodley redecorated much of the church, including the painted chancel ceiling.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, ceiling, Bodley
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

The restoration work of Bodley in 1883-84 included the screen between nave and chancel.

Only a small lower portion of the rood is thought to be original.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, chancel screen, Bodley
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

The impressive reredos behind the altar was introduced by Bodley as part of the 1883-84 restoration scheme.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, reredos, Bodley
Croft, All Saints, brass
Croft, All Saints, brass
Croft, All Saints, brass

Late thirteenth or early fourteenth century brass of a knight wearing chain mail. Only the head, shoulders and arms are preserved from what at one time was probably a complete figure.

This is said to be one of the four or five earliest surviving brasses in England.

May 2016

Croft, All Saints, brass, chain mail
Eagle, All Saints, corbel
Eagle, All Saints, corbel
Eagle, All Saints, corbel

One of several corbels along the nave carrying symbols of religious significance.

Presumably this was part of Lee's early 20th century scheme.

October 2016

Eagle, All Saints, corbel
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary

An embossed plaster frieze in the chancel at St Mary's.

July 2012

East Barkwith, St Mary church
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling

The chancel ceiling still carries its original decoration of 1913.

August 2015

Garthorpe, St Mary church, chancel ceiling
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos

The interior of Gedney Church has a range of interesting features.

This striking reredos was restored in the nineteenth century.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Gedney, Early English, Perpendicular,
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood

The rood in the chancel arch.

June 2015

Grimoldby, St Edith church, rood screen
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito

Among the graffiti in the porch is this image of a simple four-sailed post mill.

September 2013

Haceby, St Margaret, windmill graffiti
Harmston, All Saints, Painting
Harmston, All Saints, Painting
Harmston, All Saints, Painting

"Adoration of the Magi" hanging above the west tower arch.

DB 16 July 2018

Harmston, All Saints church, painting, Adoration of the Magi
Haugh, St Leonard, figure
Haugh, St Leonard, figure
Haugh, St Leonard, figure

This small figure, in recess with canopy, is situated on the east wall of the chancel to the left of the altar.

September 2015

Haugh, St Leonard church, figure
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration

Detail of the decorated and gilded beam in front of the chancel at St Hugh's. This was originally in the chapel at Walmsgate probably designed by Henry Wilson in 1901.

May 2016



Langworth, St Hugh, internal decoration, Henry Wilson, Walmsgate
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints

The fine painted chancel ceiling which dates the restoration of the 1890s by Bodley and Garner.

May 2010

Laughton, All Saints, ceiling, Bodley Garner
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof

There are several 19th century fittings inside St Swithin's.

Of particular note is the chancel roof that was hand painted by Pugin in 1841.

April 2013

Leadenham, St Swithin, chancel ceiling, Pugin
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof

"The C19 chancel roof was hand painted by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin in 1841"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147388

Professionally cleaned and restored in 2008. 

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

DB 16 September 2018

Leadenham, Saint Swithin, Church, Chancel Roof, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Roof

Chancel roof viewed from the nave.

"The C19 chancel roof was hand painted by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin in 1841"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147388 

Professionally cleaned and restored in 2008. 

DB 16 September 2018

Leadenham, Saint Swithin, Church
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel, Reredos
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel, Reredos
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel, Reredos

The reredos and panelling in the chancel were installed in the mid-nineteenth century when much of the church's interior was refurbished.

April 2013

Leadenham, St Swithin, reredos
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Lincoln Imp
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Lincoln Imp
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Lincoln Imp

This small carving in the Angel Choir shot to fame as a good luck charm.

A tie pin in the form of the Lincoln Imp was worn by the Prince of Wales, future Edward VII, when his horse Persimmon won the Derby in 1896.

DB 14 March 2016

Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Lincoln Imp, Persimmon
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Russell Chantry
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Russell Chantry
Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Russell Chantry

Easternmost of two chantries built into the south wall of the Angel Choir.

Founded by John Russell, Bishop of Lincoln 1480-1494 and dedicated to Saint Blaise the patron saint of woolcombers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Russell_(bishop) 

Modern decorative scheme 1956-1958 by Duncan Grant who used his acquaintances in the Bloomsbury Group as models.

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

DB 23 August 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Russell Chantry, Blaise Chapel, Duncan Grant
Lincoln Cathedral, Northeast Transept, Annunciation
Lincoln Cathedral, Northeast Transept, Annunciation
Lincoln Cathedral, Northeast Transept, Annunciation

Annunciation of the Virgin Mary painted by Rev. Matthew William Peters R.A. in 1798.

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/rev-matthew-william-peters-419 

Until 1855 it was part of the Reredos behind the High Altar.

Now hanging on the west wall of the Northeast Transept. 

DB 18 October 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Painting, Annunciation, Matthew William Peters, Northeast Transept
Lincoln Cathedral, Ringers Chapel
Lincoln Cathedral, Ringers Chapel
Lincoln Cathedral, Ringers Chapel

Names of the ringers in 1714 painted on the north wall of the chapel.

Many more names on the eastern wall. 

DB 4 October 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Ringers Chapel
Lincoln Cathedral, St Hugh's Choir, Pulpitum Screen
Lincoln Cathedral, St Hugh's Choir, Pulpitum Screen
Lincoln Cathedral, St Hugh's Choir, Pulpitum Screen

The Pulpitum Screen was once brightly painted and traces of pigment still remain.

DB 23 August 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Pulpitum, Screen, pigment, colour
Little Bytham, St Medard, hoodmould
Little Bytham, St Medard, hoodmould
Little Bytham, St Medard, hoodmould

Hoodmould in form of a strange head on the tower arch at the west end of the nave.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, hood mould
Long Bennington, St&nbspSwithun, Nave, Mural
Long Bennington, St Swithun, Nave, Mural
Long Bennington, St Swithun, Nave, Mural

"Some murals visible in fragmentary condition, especially over chancel arch"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062891 

DB 31 October 2018 

Long Bennington, Saint Swithun, church, Mural
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles

Colourful Victorian floor tiles in the chancel.

March 2016

Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera
Middle Rasen, St Peter, patera

The chancel arch is flanked by several paterae.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church, patera
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling

Following the fire of 1969 which destroyed the chancel ceiling, it was renewed in line with Bodley and Garner's designs of the 1880s, but using brighter colours.

May 2012

Nettleham, All Saints, chancel ceiling, Bodley and Garner
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting

Thirteenth century wall painting in the nave.

May 2012

Nettleham, All Saints, wall painting
Nettleton, St John the Baptist, chancel ceiling
Nettleton, St John the Baptist, chancel ceiling
Nettleton, St John the Baptist, chancel ceiling

The chancel ceiling, part of the Fowler remodelling of 1874, is decorated with golden stars (not fleurs-de-Lys as asserted by Pevsner).

April 2017

Nettleton, St John the Baptist church, chancel ceiling
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Tile
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Tile
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Tile

C19 encaustic tiles decorate the chancel floor.

DB 26 October 2018

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, church, chancel, encaustic floor tile
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit

This highly decorated pulpit dates from the restoration of 1862.

September 2015

Partney, St Nicholas church, pulpit
Rigsby, St James, reredos
Rigsby, St James, reredos
Rigsby, St James, reredos

The richly decorated tiled reredos above the altar.

September 2015

Rigsby, St James church, reredos
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting
Ropsley, St Peter, Wall Painting

Remains of a pre-reformation wall painting on north wall of north aisle.

DB 6 August 2018

Ropsley, St Peter, church, wall painting
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles

The floor tiles in the chancel.

September 2015

Sausthorpe, St Andrew church, floor tiles
Scothern, St Germain, painting
Scothern, St Germain, painting
Scothern, St Germain, painting

Behing the altar in the reredos is this Italian-style painting of the Adoration of the Magi, probably dating from the seventeenth century.

May 2016

Scothern, St Germain church, painting, adoration of the Magi
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss

This one of several roof bosses conserved and mounted on display at the west end of the church.

April 2016



Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Chancel, Floor Tiles
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Chancel, Floor Tiles
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Chancel, Floor Tiles

Victorian encaustic floor tiles possibly by Minton. 

DB 14 August 2018

South Ormsby, St Leonard, church, encaustic floor tiles, Minton
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling

 The chancel ceiling was decorated by Stephen Dykes-Bower* in 1959.

August 2016

* Stephen Dykes Bower (1903-1994) was a renowned Gothic Revival designer, responsible for restoration work in many churches including Westminster Abbey. 

Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas church, chancel ceiling, Stephen Dykes-Bower
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital

The capital supporting one of the ribs in the vaulted apse.

May 2016

Sudbrooke, St Edward church, capital
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Bromhead Crest
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Bromhead Crest
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain, Bromhead Crest

Bromhead Crest at west end of church.

A silver unicorn's head with a red rose in its mouth.

DB 16 June 2018

Thurlby, Saint Germain, Church, Bromhead Crest, Heraldry
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

Carving of bishop's head at springing point of arch.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting

A small area of early wall decoration uncovered on the wall of the nave.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure

One of the superb paper model angels hanging in the nave of St Andrew's church. They formed a unique decoration for Christmas 2012.

April 2015

Utterby, St Andrew church, angel decoration
Welton, St Mary, ceiling
Welton, St Mary, ceiling
Welton, St Mary, ceiling

The ceiling over the chancel and apse are decorated with a red and black stencilled pattern.

May 2016

Welton, St Mary church, ceiling
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel

The tiled interior of the chancel and the reredos with its mosaics date from the restoration in 1874 by Butterfield.

September 2014

West Deeping, St Andrew church, chancel, Butterfield
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting

An eighteenth-century painting of Death on the west wall in an arched panel.

Mark Acton, 2016

Westborough, All Saints, wall painting, death
Whaplode Drove, St John, chancel
Whaplode Drove, St John, chancel
Whaplode Drove, St John, chancel

A well-illuminated chancel with colourful reredos (triptych).

September 2017

Whaplode Drove, St John church, chancel
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles

Minton tiles cover the sanctuary floor around the altar.

July 2013

Withcall, St Martinchurch, floor tiles, Minton