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Owston Ferry
 
Owston Ferry, High Street
Owston Ferry, High Street
Owston Ferry, High Street

Owston Ferry, in the Isle of Axholme, is on the west bank of the River Trent, 9 miles north of Gainsborough.

The motte of a castle, possibly built soon after the Norman Conquest and demolished in 1175-76, can still be seen.

In the nineteenth-century the village was home to a rope-walk, boat-building yard and sacking and sail cloth makers.

undated postcard

Owston Ferry,
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station

The Pumping Station (viewed from the north) is situated by the River Trent at Owston Ferry.

It was built in 1910 to drain 5000 acres of the Isle of Axholme to the west.

The station contains an original Marshall of Gainsborough steam engine and later diesel engines by Ruston and Hornsby and
Lister-Blackstone.

Ken Redmore, 2008

Owston Ferry, pumping station, drainage, Isle of Axholme,
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station
Owston Ferry, Pumping Station

The Pumping Station (viewed from the South) is situated by the River Trent at Owston Ferry.

It was built in 1910 to drain 5000 acres of the Isle of Axholme to the west.

The station contains an original Marshall of Gainsborough steam engine and later diesel engines by Ruston & Hornsby and
Lister-Blackstone.

Ken Redmore, 2008

Owston Ferry, pumping station, Marshall, Ruston & Hornsby, Lister-Blackstone,
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin

St Martin's lies on the edge of the village, and is approached through a 19th century gothic archway.

The church stands on the site of a Norman castle - destroyed in 1174.

Much of the building is Perpendicular, though the S arcade dates from the late 13th century.

The brick N aisle, built in 1840, re-uses earlier Perpendicular windows.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Owston Ferry, church, Norman castle,
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Gothic Archway
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Gothic Archway
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Gothic Archway
Nineteenth century gothic archway leading to the church of St Nicholas.
Owston Ferry, Gothic archway, St Martin church,
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin

The Perpendicular south porch has a parapet decorated with blind quatrefoils.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church, porch
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin

The Perpendicular windows on the south side of the chancel are described by Pevsner as "irregular" in that the centre one of the three is at a higher level to accommodate the priest's door.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin

The north aisle of 1840 was built in yellow brick.  Perpendicular windows from the former aisle were re-used.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church
Owston Ferry, St Martin, capital
Owston Ferry, St Martin, capital
Owston Ferry, St Martin, capital

The south arcade is from the Decorated period. The quatrefoil piers have small nailhead in the abaci, as shown here.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church, capital
Owston Ferry, St Martin, font
Owston Ferry, St Martin, font
Owston Ferry, St Martin, font

The font at St Martin's with finely carved cover.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church, font
Owston Ferry, St Martin, interior
Owston Ferry, St Martin, interior
Owston Ferry, St Martin, interior

The interior view looking east  shows the two arcades - both 4-bay and in Decorated style. There are small differences.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church, interior
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Royal Arms
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Royal Arms
Owston Ferry, St Martin, Royal Arms

The royal arms are high on the north wall of the nave towards the west end.

August 2015

Owston Ferry, St Martin church, royal arms