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Thornton by Horncastle
 
Thornton, Horncastle Lock
Thornton, Horncastle Lock
Thornton, Horncastle Lock

"The Horncastle Canal was a broad canal which ran 11 miles from the River Witham to Horncastle in Lincolnshire, England, through twelve locks largely following the course of River Bain. The canal opened in 1802, and was abandoned for navigation in 1889"

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

Horncastle Lock located at National Grid Reference TF 256 683.

DB 9 January 2022

Thornton Horncastle Canal Lock
Thornton, Railway Crossing
Thornton, Railway Crossing
Thornton, Railway Crossing

A small mixed freight train on the Woodhall Junction - Horncastle line after the end of passenger services (1954) and before the line closed in 1971.

This photograph is taken from Thornton Crossing where the line crosses the minor road known as 'Fifty Acre' between the A153 and the B1191 in the centre of Thornton.

Horncastle canal ran parallel with the line at this point and is just out of the picture to the right

KR 1959

Thornton by Horncastle, railway, Thornton Crossing
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid

St Wilfred’s in Martin near Horncastle has a greenstone nave and chancel.

It was restored in 1890 by Ewan Christian.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, Ewan Christian.
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
June 2013
Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, coat pegs
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid

"Parish church. C15, heavily restored in 1890 by Ewan Christian"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1262381?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, Ewan Christian
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid

"North side of nave with 2 C19 rectangular windows, that to right of 2 lights, that to left of 3 lights, all with cusped ogee shaped heads. North side of C19 vestry with slit light"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1262381?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, Ewan Christian
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid
Thornton, St Wilfrid

"East end of chancel with diagonal, single stage buttresses and Cl9 pointed window with 3 pointed, cusped lights and hood mould"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1262381?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church
Thornton, St Wilfrid, coat pegs
Thornton, St Wilfrid, coat pegs
Thornton, St Wilfrid, coat pegs

Four sets of wrought iron hat pegs (for 32 hats) on the nave walls are from the Georgian period.  They are an unusual and rare survival.

June 2013

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid, hat pegs, Georgian
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Font
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Font
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Font

C20 font at the west end.

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church font
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior

Looking west towards the font. 

Kelly's Directory 1930 reports "The church of St. Wilfrid, restored in 1890 under the superintendence of the late Mr. Ewan Christian, architect, at a cost of £1,003, is a building of stone, consisting of a new chancel, nave and south porch, and has one bell : in the church are numerous wrought iron hat pegs dating from the early part of the last century : there are 8o sittings"  

C20 pews. 

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Interior

Looking east towards the C19 chancel arch.

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ

The organ at Thornton is one of the oldest in Britain, possibly dating from the 1680s.

It was given to Horsington church in 1860 by Magdalen College Oxford and later transferred to Thornton.

June 2013

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid, organ. Magdalen College Oxford.
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ
Thornton, St Wilfrid, organ

The keyboard of the organ at St Wilfrid's has black naturals and ivory sharps.

June 2013

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, organ
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Porch
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Porch
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Porch

"Gabled, timberframed C19 porch to west with ornate bargeboard, return walls each with 4 trefoil headed lights, doorway with flattened triangular head and mesh doors"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1262381?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church porch
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Pulpit
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Pulpit
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Pulpit

C20 pulpit.

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church pulpit
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Sanctuary
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Sanctuary
Thornton, St Wilfrid, Sanctuary

Closer view of the sanctuary.

DB 15 April 2022

Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church