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Kirkstead
 
Kirkstead, Abbey
Kirkstead, Abbey
Kirkstead, Abbey

The Cistercian abbey of Kirkstead was founded in 1139 and moved to its final site in 1187.

All that remains now above ground is this fragment - the south-east angle of the south transept of the church.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Kirkstead, abbey, Cistercian,
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard

The chapel of St Leonard was built in 1230-40 near the gates of Kirkstead Abbey, and is said to be one of the finest examples of 13th century architecture in the county.

The interior has a vaulted roof, high quality carving, and a rare wooden screen that is probably as old as the building.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Kirkstead, St Leonard church chapel, Cistercian abbey,
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard

The interior of the church of St Leonard, Kirkstead, showing the thirteenth century vaulting and the screen.

Frank Robinson, 2010

 

Kirkstead, St Leonard, interior,
Kirkstead, Woodhall Junction, Railway Station
Kirkstead, Woodhall Junction, Railway Station
Kirkstead, Woodhall Junction, Railway Station

The Lincoln to Boston line was opened in 1848 as part of the Great Northern Railway’s Lincolnshire Loop Line. What was then called Kirkstead station was renamed Woodhall Junction in 1922.

The station buildings had been extended in 1855 when it became the junction for the branch line to Horncastle.

A busy ferry here, over the River Witham, was replaced by a swing bridge in 1891 and reached by the level crossing which the Lincoln bound train in this view is about to cross. It was replaced in turn in 1968 by the bridge from which this photograph is taken.

The passenger service to Horncastle ceased in 1954 and to Lincoln in 1970. Goods trains continued to run serving the goods yards here and at Horncastle until April 1971.

The cast iron gent’s urinal from this station can be seen in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln.

Peter Grey Archive, 1969

Kirkstead, Woodhall junction railway station