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Broughton, Roman Mercury statuette
Broughton, Roman Mercury statuette
Broughton, Roman Mercury statuette

This copper alloy statuette of the god Mercury was discovered at Broughton Common in 1889.

Although missing its hands and feet, the wings on the hat and the chlamys draped over his shoulder clearly identify the god.  It is likely that his right hand originally held a money bag.

Mercury was the most popular Classical deity in Roman Gaul and Britain.

He was a patron of merchants and protector of travellers.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Broughton, Roman Mercury, statuette, chlamys
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

On its north side of St Mary's is the chapel built c.1670 for the Anderson family.

The north aisle and the clerestory are Perpendicular work of the 15th century while the vestry is a 20th century addition.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

View through the lychgate of the north side of St Mary's church.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

St Mary's church viewed from the south-east.

The chancel is largely 13th century (Early English). The south aisle dates from the 15th century. 

The south porch, flanked by pinnacles and with a Virgin and Child above, dates from the restoration of 1884.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

This doorway, on the south side of the Anglo-Saxon tower, has thick columns either side with plainly chamfered capitals.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church, doorway
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

The small window in the south elevation of the Anglo-Saxon tower.

The lower stage of the tower with its herringbone masonry dates from the 11th century.

As at Barton on Humber, it is thought that this formed the nave of the early church.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church, window
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

The most outstanding feature of St Mary's is the Anglo-Saxon tower with herringbone masonry and attached staircase tower.

The staircase is not bonded in to the tower, hence is later addition.

There are only three other similar towers in England – one of them in Lincolnshire at Hough on the Hill.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church, staircase, herringbone masonry, Anglo Saxon tower
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

Window in the south aisle, in Perpendicular style.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church
Manby Hall
Manby Hall
Manby Hall

This was one of the houses owned by the Anderson family of north Lincolnshire.  It was built in the 1770s (in Broughton) when Brocklesby was the Andersons’ principal residence.

Major alterations were undertaken in the 1860s but it was always infrequently occupied.

The house was demolished in c.1970.

More details about this house and its owners can be found in T R Leach and R Pacey's book, 'Lost Lincolnshire Country Houses: Volume 2', published by SLHA.  Buy a copy.

Broughton, Manby Hall, Brocklesby, Anderson