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Reepham, Bartlegarth House
Reepham, Bartlegarth House
Reepham, Bartlegarth House

This house dates from the late eighteenth century.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Reepham, Bartlegarth House
Reepham, School
Reepham, School
Reepham, School
The entry in White's Directory 1872 reads "The National School was erected in 1859, and is attended by about 45 children of both sexes" and "Gibson John Robt. National schoolmaster".
 
Kelly's Directory 1919 has "Public Elementary School (mixed), for 80 children; Miss Kate Marion Firth, mistress"
 
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Reepham, school
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

A view of the church from the south-east in the early morning sun.

Peter Kirk Collection, 1991

Reepham, St Peter and St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

Built in 1862 by Michael Drury*, though the arcades are medieval (12th and 14th centuries).

The steep pyramidal tower roof is unusual for a Lincolnshire church.

Mark Acton, 2012

* Michael Drury (1832-1881) was born in Lincoln and apprenticed to W A Nicholson. He became the Lincoln City Surveyor in 1868 and was instrumental in the creation of the city's long-overdue sewerage scheme ten years later. Reepham is one of the few churches he worked on
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Michael Drury
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

Another view of the church from the south-east.

July 2018

Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

Kelly's Directory 1919 reports :-

"The church of SS. Peter and Paul is a building of stone, partly in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a large embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire containing one bell:

the church was restored in 1862, under the direction of Mr. Michael Drury, architect, when the tower and north aisle were rebuilt, a new porch erected and the nave roof retimbered, at a cost of £900, of which the Mercers' Company gave £300:

there are 230 sittings"

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

"South side of nave with outline of 3 early C13 pointed arcade bays"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064025?section=official-list-entry 

The south aisle was removed C18 and the arcade filled in. 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

"South side of nave with outline of 3 early C13 pointed arcade bays. Foliated capital on corbel head between first and second bays from east, with octagonal abacus"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064025?section=official-list-entry 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel

The Church Guide states :-

"A marble tablet beneath the east window commemorates the rebuilding of the chancel in 1836, at a cost of £150. The north chancel window is early 13c. whilst the east and south chancel windows date from the 1836 restoration"

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel

Looking back through the rebuilt early C14 chancel arch towards the C19 tower arch.

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Altar
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Altar
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Altar

A closer view of the altar.

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, History Board
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, History Board
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, History Board

A list of incumbents displayed on the north wall of the chancel.

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial

"Ashlar monument on south wall of chancel to Ann Benet, died 1738, with scrolls and coat of arms"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064025?section=official-list-entry 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial

Memorial by Wray of Lincoln. 

"NEAR THIS PLACE LIES THE BODY OF GILBERT BENET, MASTER OF ARTS, VICAR OF THIS CHURCH AND PREBENDARY OF LINCOLN, WHO DIED THE 23RD DAY OF APRIL 1783, IN THE 83RD YEAR OF HIS AGE"

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image, GILBERT BENET
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Chancel, Memorial

Memorial on the south wall of the sanctuary. 

"IN MEMORY OF THE REV: EDWARD BROMHEAD, M.A. SIXTY FOUR YEARS VICAR OF THIS PARISH; WHO DIED JANUARY THE 16th 1835 AGED 88 YEARS ALSO OF KATHERINE , RELICT OF THE REV: EDWARD BROMHEAD; DIED FEBRUARY THE 10TH 1837: AGED 82 YEARS"

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image, EDWARD BROMHEAD
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Interior View
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Interior View
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Interior View

In contrast to the exterior of the church, the arcades date from the thirteenth century.

July 2018

Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave

Looking towards the rebuilt early C14 chancel arch.

West Lindsey Churches Festival in progress. 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Corbel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Corbel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Corbel

Corbel by the tower arch, with stiff-leaf decoration created in the mid-nineteenth century but in 13th century style

July 2018

Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, corbel
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Font
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Font
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Nave, Font

The rather squat but highly decorated Victorian font.

July 2018

Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, font
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle

Looking west towards the organ.

Original north aisle removed C18. North aisle rebuilt as part the 1862 restorations.

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Memorial

"IN MEMORY OF JOHN WILLIAM ELVIDGE BORN AT REEPHAM ON NOVEMBER 9TH 1914 DIED IN A PRISONERS OF WAR CAMP IN SIAM ON DECEMBER 8TH 1942" 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image, ELVIDGE
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Organ
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Organ
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, Organ

The Church Guide states :-

"Messrs. Cousans of Lincoln built the Organ in 1892, at a cost of £150. A poster advertising the dedication service is still visible on the back of the organ case.

At various stages additional organ stops have been added, the last major additions being carried out in 1963, when the organ was moved to the west end of the north aisle"

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image, organ
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, War Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, War Memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, North Aisle, War Memorial

Tablet in the church commemorating those from the village who died in the First World War.

July 2018

Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, war memorial
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Porch
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Porch
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Porch

"C19 gabled south porch re-using C14 fragments"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064025?section=official-list-entry 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image,porch
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Tower
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Tower
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul, Tower

The Church Guide relates that :-

"The tower was rebuilt during the 1862 restoration. Previously much lower and with a shallow pitched roof, the tower was heightened to match the new higher nave roof and the spire added.

The same founder as the Guildhall bell of Lincoln made the single bell, which is of the date A.D. 1371. The Latin inscription was cast by mistake in reverse, and translates as "Blessed be the name of the Lord. The bell was rehung in 1936.

The church clock dates from about 1740, and was restored, given, and put up by the Rev. Arthur F. Sutton, Rector of Brant Broughton, in 1892. The clock face dates from the installation" 

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Reepham, St Peter & St Paul Church, image, tower
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

This Wesleyan Methodist chapel, on High Street at the corner of Chapel Lane, was opened in 1894.

July 2016

Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The chapel was celebrating its centenary when this image was taken - the banner reads "A YEAR OF CELEBRATION / CENTENARY & MISSION".

In "A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Lincoln Circuits Past And Present" prepared by Colin Shepherdson (Revised October 2000) it is stated that :-

"i) A house was licensed for worship in 1811 and the first chapel built in 1842. This chapel was sold following the opening of the new chapel and, for a period of time, used as a reading room. The chapel was finally demolished in the 1960's.

ii) The foundation stone for the new chapel and Sunday school was laid on the 24.10.1893. Situated in the High Street, on the corner of Chapel Lane, the buildings were opened on the 21.3.1894. The chapel is still in use with a membership of 32" 

Geoff Swain Collection 12 June 1994

Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, church, image
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

A £100,000 refurbishment was completed in December 2021 with the previous sloping floor leveled. 

Axis of worship originally facing in the opposite direction towards the north.

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Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Reading desk made from one of the panels of the former pulpit.

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Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

One of the foundation stones dated Oct. 24th 1893.

"Joseph Bennett (1829 1 January 1908) was an English merchant and Liberal politician.

Bennett was born at Grimsby, the son of William Bennett and his wife Ann. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield and became a merchant at Louth. He was a J.P. for Lindsey Division of Lincolnshire, and for the Boroughs of Louth and Grimsby.

In the 1885 general election, Bennett was elected Member of Parliament for Gainsborough but lost the seat in the 1886 general election. He regained the seat in the 1892 general election but stood down from the House of Commons at the 1895 general election"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Bennett_(British_politician) 

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Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Joseph Bennett
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, War Memorial
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, War Memorial
Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, War Memorial

Wall mounted war memorial.

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Reepham, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, war memorial