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Martin by Horncastle
 
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael

The small stone and brick church of St Michael at Martin by Horncastle lies next to a farm.

There is a Norman doorway and a narrow Norman and Early English chancel arch leading to a tiny sanctuary.

‘A precious, forgotten little building’ according to Henry Thorold.*
* ‘Lincolnshire Churches Revisited’ published by Michael Russell, 1993.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, Norman doorway
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
July 2013
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael church
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael

Extensive repairs in brick to the west end of St Michael's are apparent. The church was constructed in greenstone.

July 2013

Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, church
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, south door
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, south door
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, south door

The Norman south door at St Michael's.

This Romanesque arch has lozenge decoration with palmettes as part of the pattern.

July 2013

Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, Norman door, lozenge pattern
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, capital
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, capital
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, capital

The capitals - one volute, the other scalloped - to the shafts of chancel arch.

July 2013

Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, church, capital
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, interior
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, interior
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, interior

This general view of the interior of St Michael's shows the narrow chancel arch with Norman responds.

The arch is steep and has Early English moulding.

The east window is thought to be Norman.

July 2013

Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, church, Norman