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Swineshead
 
Swineshead, St Mary
Swineshead, St Mary
Swineshead, St Mary

St Mary’s has a tall Perpendicular west tower, surmounted by a beautiful octagon and spire.

The grand clerestoried nave is tall and spacious with six-bay 14th century arcades and above, a tall, rustic-looking timber roof.

The chancel screen is 15th century.

September 2011

Swineshead, St mary
Swineshead, stocks
Swineshead, stocks
Swineshead, stocks

Swineshead is a large village 7 miles west of Boston.

Substantial earthworks may have been the site of a twelfth-century castle.

Swineshead Abbey was founded in 1135 as a Savigniac monastery, converted to Cistercian rule in 1147 and was dissolved in 1536.

This view also shows the base of a medieval market cross.

undated postcard

Swineshead, Savigniac monastery, Cistercian abbey