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Greatford, St Thomas Becket
Greatford, St Thomas Becket
Greatford, St Thomas Becket

St Thomas a Becketís is essentially an Early English and Decorated church, though there are traces of 11th century work on the north side.

The fine tower and broach spire date from the late 13th and 14th centuries.

September 2014

Greatford, St Thomas Becket
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, font
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, font
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, font
How could two editions of Pevsner fail to describe this unusual font?
Greatford, St Thomas Becket church, font
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, monument
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, monument
Greatford, St Thomas Becket, monument

Monument to Francis Willis, who treated King George III.

The inscription begins: Sacred to the memory of / Revd. FRANCIS WILLIS M.D. / who died on 5th December 1807 / in the 90th year of his age./ He was the third son of Revd. John Willis of Lincoln, a descendant of an ancient family of the same name that resided at Fenny Compton in Warwickshire.

September 2014

Greatford, St Thomas Becket monument
Shillingthorpe Hall
Shillingthorpe Hall
Shillingthorpe Hall

This fine mansion near Braceborough was built in 1796 for Dr John Willis, physician to King George III.

A number of owners occupied the house in the 19th century and, in common with many Lincolnshire houses, was used by the army during World War 2.

It was demolished around 1960.

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.

Greatford, Shillingthorpe Hall, John Willis