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Little Bytham
 
Little Bytham, Railway Bridge
Little Bytham, Railway Bridge
Little Bytham, Railway Bridge

This is the one surviving bridge (at TF 025 176) from the short-lived Little Bytham to Edenham Light Railway, commonly known as Lord Willoughby's Private Railway.

It opened in 1856 and closed for passengers in 1871, though horse-drawn goods wagons continued to use the line until 1884.

It provided a link from the main Towns Line at Little Bytham to a terminus close to Willoughby's home at Grimsthorpe Castle.

The bridge carries the minor road from Little Bytham to Witham on the Hill.

Ken Redmore, 2011

Little Bytham, railway bridge, Lord Willoughby, Edenham,
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard

Little Bythamís church is a rare dedication to St Medard, sixth-century Bishop of Noyon in France. There is some surviving Anglo-Saxon work.

The tower arch is Norman as are a south window and doorway in the chancel. The nave is Early English and the chancel arch Decorated.

Open to visitors.

Mark Acton, 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, Noyon
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard

The base of the tower dates from the Norman period. Higher sections are thirteenth century and the highest parts (battlements, lozenge frieze) are in the Perpendicular style of the fifteenth century.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard, Easter Sepulchre
Little Bytham, St Medard, Easter Sepulchre
Little Bytham, St Medard, Easter Sepulchre

The Easter Sepulchre is described by Pevsner as 'coarse'. The gable section carries ballflower decoration.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, Easter Sepulchre
Little Bytham, St Medard, font
Little Bytham, St Medard, font
Little Bytham, St Medard, font

The simple octagonal font probably dates from the Perpendicular 15th century period. Fitted steps indicate its unusual height.

Faces of the bowl carry faded lettering.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, font
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
Little Bytham, St Medard, memorial
Little Bytham, St Medard, memorial
Little Bytham, St Medard, memorial

First World War memorial to Sergeant John Holmes.

Mark Acton, 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, memorial, John Holmes
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway

Late twelfth-century north doorway.

Mark Acton, 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway

Carved stone in the form of a frog (?) above the north doorway.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway

An early twelfth-century priestís doorway with carved tympanum.

Mark Acton, 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway

Detail of the tympanum above the priest's doorway on the south side of the chancel.

The carving is of a bird. To the left is an empty roundel, once possibly enclosing a holy relic.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, tympanum, relic
Little Bytham, St Medard, tower arch
Little Bytham, St Medard, tower arch
Little Bytham, St Medard, tower arch
The simple unmoulded Norman tower arch.
Little Bytham, St Medard