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Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

The mausoleum in Great Limber (TA133088) on the Brocklesby estate was designed by James Wyatt, in the late eighteenth century.

It commemorates Sophia, the wife of the first Baron Yarborough, who died aged 33 in 1786. It is described as majestic and 'undoubtedly Wyatt's masterpiece' by Pevsner.

Frank Robinson, 2009

 

Great Limber, Brocklesby, Yarborough, Wyatt, Nollekens,
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

The inscription to Sophia (died 25 January 1786, aged 33) on the side of the mausoleum.

Rod Callow, 2004

Great Limber,
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

The figure of Sophia sculpted in marble by Joseph Nollekens in 1791 takes pride of place inside the mausoleum.

Rod Callow, 2004

Great Limber, mausoleum, Joseph Nollekens
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

This circular lantern at the centre of the ceiling allows diffused natural light to enter the interior. The glass carries a painting by Francis Eginton.

Rod Callow, 2004

Great Limber, mausoleum, Francis Eginton
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

Memorial to Charles Pelham within the mausoleum.

Rod Callow, 2004

Great Limber, Mausoleum, Charles Pelham
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

Another view of Nollekens' sculpture.

Rod Callow. 2004

Great Limber, mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum
Great Limber, Mausoleum

The mausoleum stands on a low mound and is surrounded by iron railings.

Wyatt completed the building in 1792.

Rod Callow, 2004

Great Limber, mausoleum
Great Limber, Priest's House
Great Limber, Priest's House
Great Limber, Priest's House

A priory was founded at Limber Magna before 1180 and dissolved in the 15th century.

All that remains of the priory is the old Priestís House with seven-feet thick stone walls.

It has been extended at various times and some of the stone has been faced with brick.

H D Martineau c.1980
Great Limber, priest's house, priory, limber magna,
Great Limber, St Peter
Great Limber, St Peter
Great Limber, St Peter

St Peterís has a short, broad tower and a spacious interior with long aisles and nave.

Much of the church is 14th century, including the arcades and chancel arch.

The chancel with its lancet windows is Victorian work by Butterfield, as is the rood screen.

May 2009

Great Limber, St Peter church, Butterfield