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Morton by Gainsborough
 
Morton, Crooked Billet
Morton, Crooked Billet
Morton, Crooked Billet

Listed in Kelly's Directory 1930 "Robinson Sarah Ann (Mrs.), Crooked Billet P.H

Also "Thonock Lodge of R.A.O.B. held at Crooked Billet PH"

Pictured shortly after closure. 

DB 18 June 2019

Morton by Gainsborough, Crooked Billet, Public House
Morton, Kelsey’s Mill
Morton, Kelsey’s Mill
Morton, Kelsey’s Mill
This mill was erected c.1800 and abandoned after a serious fire in 1911.

Location of mill: SK 810 921

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Morton by Gainsborough, windmill, Peter Kirk
Morton, Morton House
Morton, Morton House
Morton, Morton House

This is rendered house dating from the late eighteenth century has five bays and two storeys with top balustrade and porch of unfluted Ionic columns

Hugh D Martineau c.1980

Morton by Gainsborough, Manor House
Morton, Ship Inn, Front Street
Morton, Ship Inn, Front Street
Morton, Ship Inn, Front Street

Listed in White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 :-

"Hancock Wm. vict. Ship Inn"

Also listed were

Gibson Benjamin, beerhouse

Hather George, vict., Dog & Duck

Moate Fras. vict. Crooked Billet 

DB 18 June 2019

Morton, Ship Inn, Front Street
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul

St Paul’s was built in 1891 by Micklethwaite, retaining the tower from an earlier church of 1841.

The interior has a wide nave with four bay arcades, a rood screen, fine painted ceilings and an impressive set of stained glass windows designed by Burne Jones for the Morris Company.

May 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul, Micklethwaite
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul

Kelly's Directory 1930 has :- 

"The church of St. Paul, erected in 1891 in place of the former church built in 1846, is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, from the designs of Messrs. J. T. Micklethwait F.S.A. and Somers Clarke F.S.A. architects, of Westminster, the cost, amounting to £12,000, being mainly defrayed by Sir H. B. Bacon bart. ;

it consists of chancel with chapel of St. Hugh on the south side, nave of five bays, aisles, transepts and the former western tower, an embattled structure containing one bell :

a richly carved oak screen with great rood and attendant figures separates the chancel from the nave : the font is of Frosterley marble, and the benches, pulpit, lectern and choir stalls of oak :

there are eight stained windows, executed from designs by Sir E. Burne-Jones R.A. : the east window is a memorial to Elizabeth (Beckett), wife of the late Sir Henry Hickman Bacon bart. (she d. 29 Nov. 1885); to Edmund Bacon esq. lieut. the King's Royal Rifles, d. 13 Aug. 1886, and to Louisa Bacon, d. 2 Mar. 1882, and there are others to Henry Bacon Hickman, who gave the site of the church ; Samuel Sandars and Jane Sandars, who laid the foundation stone of the church in 1845 ; and to the Rev. G. W. banks, vicar from 1880-1913 ; Sir Henry Hickman Bacon hart. d. 1872; John Edward Sandars, d. 1890; to his widow, Eliza Anna Sandars, d. 2 July, 1896, and to Lieut. Cyril German banks, who was killed 31 May, 1900, during the South African war ; there is also a brass to the same officer, erected by the officers of the Manchester Regiment: on the west wall is a brass tablet, erected in 1922, in memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18:

the church will seat 450 persons"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul
Morton, St Paul

"The Grade II* listed church is dedicated to Saint Paul.

The current building dates from 1890–91 and was built to the designs of J. T. Micklethwaite and Somers Clarke, incorporating the tower of the church consecrated in 1846, which appears to have been re-faced.

The width of the 1840s church decided the width of the nave of the current church.

An 1890-91 building campaign was largely financed by the then Premier Baronet, Sir Hickman Becket Bacon, at a cost of £11,000.

The church includes a chapel to Saint Hugh off the south aisle.

Of note is the chancel carpet designed by William Morris and stained glass windows by Burne-Jones, executed by Morris & Co"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_by_Gainsborough 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, Chancel Arch & Screen
Morton, St Paul, Chancel Arch & Screen
Morton, St Paul, Chancel Arch & Screen

"Moulded chancel arch ...

Fine 9-bay timber chancel screen with ogee openings and integral rood figures"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Carpet
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Carpet
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Carpet

"Of note is the chancel carpet designed by William Morris"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_by_Gainsborough 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, carpet
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ

Elaborately decorated organ case from Micklethwaite's work in 1891.

May 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul, organ case
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Organ

Local signage states that :-

"The spotted metal pipework is housed in a Micklewaite and Somers Clark case which is painted in fine red and green with gilded tracery. It is mentioned in The British Organ by Clutton & Nillard.

A detached oak console with roll top and integral music desk is situated in St Hugh's chapel on the south side of the church and was resited from the old organ loft in 1964.

The first organ was built by Brindley & Foster of Sheffield that was moved from the west end in 1882. The organ was sold to Blyton church in 1890. It was replaced in 1891 by the pipework and soundboard of the August Gern organ and sited on the north side organ loft"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, organ
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Roof
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Roof
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Roof

"The chancel has a canted coved roof, also preserving its original 1890s decoration"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, roof
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Sanctuary
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Sanctuary
Morton, St Paul, Chancel, Sanctuary

A closer view of the sanctuary. Exhibition by Morton Art Club when this image was taken.

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Boer War Memorial
"Remember Cyril German Danks Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment the only son of German Wheatcroft Danks Vicar of this Parish and Sarah his wife He was wounded at the Battle of Elandslaagte 21st October 1899 and died at Aldershot 31st May 1900 aged 24 years"
 
DB 15 May 2022 
Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Churchyard, image, Cyril German Danks, Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Labyrinth
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Labyrinth
Morton, St Paul, Churchyard, Labyrinth

"In 2015 a Labyrinth was cut in the field adjoining the church, which is a sacred pattern which leads you on a single pathway through twists and turns and back again. It is believed that it is the only ‘cut’ labyrinth in Lincolnshire"

https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/church/st-paul-morton 

DB 15 May 2022 

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Churchyard, image, Labyrinth
Morton, St Paul, Morton County Primary School
Morton, St Paul, Morton County Primary School
Morton, St Paul, Morton County Primary School

"MORTON COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

The Stone Tablet on the West wall of the Nave came from the Morton County Primary School on the site of which the new Co-operative Store was erected and opened on the 21st of May 2001. 

The Tablet Re-sited from Morton C.P. School on the demolition of the building was re-dedicated by Rev. Canon John Eastgate. 22nd July 2001"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, school
Morton, St Paul, Nave
Morton, St Paul, Nave
Morton, St Paul, Nave

"4-bay N and s arcades with octagonal piers with double-chamfered arches ...

Nave benches with square-headed ends with sunk panels. Original light fittings adapted for electricity with 4-way brass brackets"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font

Marble font and carved wooden font cover, dating from the 1891 rebuilding.

May 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul, font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Font

"Very fine, large black Frosterly marble font with an octagonal bowl on an octagonal stem"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, font
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Pulpit
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Pulpit
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Pulpit

"Polygonal timber pulpit, the sides decorated with blind tracery"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, pulpit
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Roof
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Roof
Morton, St Paul, Nave, Roof

"Timber barrel nave roof with coving, divided into panels by moulded ribs with an original 1890s scheme of delicate painted decoration of cream red and green"

 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle

Looking west along the north aisle.

"The aisle roofs are flat and divided into panels by moulded ribs"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial

"To the Glory of God and in memory of CYRIL GERMAN DANKS Lieutenant 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment who was wounded at the Battle of Elandslaagte on the 21st October 1899 whilst gallantly leading on his men and died from the effects of his wound at Aldershot 31st May 1900.

Deeply regretted by all ranks. This tablet is erected in affectionate remembrance by his brother Officers"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle

Looking west along the south aisle.

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle, Memorial
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle, Memorial
Morton, St Paul, South Aisle, Memorial

Guild of servers memorial with dates between 1888 and 1924.

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, servers
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel

The chapel has an iron screen with fleur de lis cresting across its W opening ... Textile hanging behind the high altar thought to be original"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel

"The SE chapel, dedicated to St Hugh, has a flat ceiling divided into panels by moulded ribs, the panels painted with swans and mitres"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063516?section=official-list-entry

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel, Statue
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel, Statue
Morton, St Paul, St Hugh's Chapel, Statue

Statue of St Hugh in a niche on the east wall.

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, Statue St Hugh
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1

"IN MEMORIAM 1914 - 1918 THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR GOD AND COUNTRY THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, war memorial
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW1

"The Morton Gymes disaster in October 1914 related to the presence of over 4,000 Yorkshire Territorials in Gainsborough, to carry on their training before being sent to France in April 1915.

They were billeted with local families, many of whom had husbands and sons who had enlisted in the army.

On Friday, February 19th, 1915, the town was shocked when seven members of "D" Company of the 4th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry were drowned.

They had gone to a local pond, known locally as a "gyme," in Morton, to practice raft building. A raft was built consisting of tarpaulins filled with straw, ropes and planks of wood.

Estimates of the number of soldiers on board the raft when it tipped over were disputed, some claimed that it was up to 40 and it is recorded that 7 soldiers died.

In 2015, as part of a WW1 related HLF project, a new memorial was established and dedicated at St Paul's Church"

https://morton.parish.lincolnshire.gov.uk/downloads/file/75/3-heritage-assets 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, war memorial, Morton Gymes disaster
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW2
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW2
Morton, St Paul, War Memorial WW2

"IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1939 -1945"

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, war memorial
Morton, St Paul, Window - Adoration of the Shepherds
Morton, St Paul, Window - Adoration of the Shepherds
Morton, St Paul, Window - Adoration of the Shepherds

East Window 1891 - Adoration of the Shepherds with Shepherds and Angel.

"this glass is given for the glory of God and in memory dam elizabeth bacon who died on the xxixth day of november mdccclxxxvi" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914. 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - Bishop Grosseteste, St Hugh & King Alfred
Morton, St Paul, Window - Bishop Grosseteste, St Hugh & King Alfred
Morton, St Paul, Window - Bishop Grosseteste, St Hugh & King Alfred

South transept 1896.

"in memory of francis hickman of gainsborough and thonock who died on the 9th day of march 1826"

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, Window - Boer War Memorial
Morton, St Paul, Window - Boer War Memorial

South Aisle 1901 St Martin, St Edmund & St George.

"in memory of cyril german danks lieut in the manchester regiment who was wounded at elandslaagte on the twenty first day of october one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine and died at aldershot on the thirty first day of may 1900" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914. 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass, cyril german danks, Boer War
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Barnabas, St Peter, St Paul & St Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Barnabas, St Peter, St Paul & St Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Barnabas, St Peter, St Paul & St Stephen

By Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, 1891.

"this glass is given for the glory of god and in the memory of john edward sandars who died on the eighth day of february one thousand eight hundred and ninety" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Germanus, Good Shepherd & St Nicholas
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Germanus, Good Shepherd & St Nicholas
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Germanus, Good Shepherd & St Nicholas

South Aisle 1914.

"remember german wheatcroft danks wo was vicar of this parish from mdccclxxx to mcmix died on the xxviith day of marchmcmxiii" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth

Glass designed by Burne-Jones and made in William Morris studio.

Mark Acton, 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul, Window, Burne-Jones, William Morris
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth
Morton, St Paul, Window - St John Baptist, Virgin&Child & St Elizabeth

A second view of this 1899 glass - corrected for converging verticals.

"In memory of eliza anna sanders who died on the second day of july 1896"

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Matthew, St Mark, St Paul & St John
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Matthew, St Mark, St Paul & St John
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Matthew, St Mark, St Paul & St John

South transept chapel 1891. 

"this glass is given for the glory of god and in memory of sir henry hickman bacon baronet, who died on the fourteenth day of november eight hundred and seventy two" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Paul Preaching at Mars Hill, Athens
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Paul Preaching at Mars Hill, Athens
Morton, St Paul, Window - St Paul Preaching at Mars Hill, Athens

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones 1892.

"in memory of henry baron hickman who died on the tenth day of may one thousand eight hundred and sixty one and by whom the site of this church was given" 

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914.  

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen

Glass designed by Burne-Jones and made in William Morris studio.

Mark Acton, 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul, Window, Burne Jones, William Morris
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen
Morton, St Paul, Window - Stoning of Stephen

A second view of this 1892 glass in the North Aisle - corrected for converging verticals.

"to the glory of god and in memory of samuel sanders who died on the viiith day of may mdcccxxxix and by whom the foundation stone of this church was laid on the xxviith day of june mdcccxlv This glass was set here to replace two smaller windows removed from the knave on it being rebuilt in mdcccxcl"

One of a series of windows for St Paul's Church by Burne Jones for the Morris Company dating from 1891 to 1914. 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass, samuel sanders
Morton, St Paul, Window - Tower
Morton, St Paul, Window - Tower
Morton, St Paul, Window - Tower

A distant view of the tower window.

"Stained glass windows include one by Clayton and Bell in the tower with, 1870s memorial date"

 

DB 15 May 2022

Morton by Gainsborough, Saint Paul Church, image, window stained glass