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Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

Built of greenstone and brick, the small church of All Saints, Wilksby, is mostly eighteenth-century and has windows with wooden tracery.

Remote even by Lincolnshire standards.

Mark Acton, 2013

Wilksby, All Saints church, greenstone, brick
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

The chancel is rendered in cement.  Both greenstone and brick have been used in the construction of the exposed east wall.

June 2013

Wilksby, All Saints church, render
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

An earlier photograph of All Saints' church before late twentieth century removal of climbing ivy and tidying of the churchyard.

CMR, c.1970

Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

An entry in Kelly's Directory 1913 reads :-

"The church of All Saints, erected in the last century on the site of an earlier church, is a very small and plain structure of brick and stone, consisting of chancel, nave and an open belfry containing one bell:

in 1902 a stained east window was erected by the congregation in commemoration of the conclusion of peace:

there is a very good stone font, supposed to date from the time of King John, and the communion plate includes an ancient chalice of beaten metal:

the church was renovated in 1895 and affords 50 sittings".

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Wilksby, All Saints Church
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

White's Directory 1872 states :-

"WILKSBY, 5 miles S. by E. of Horncastle, and 6 miles N.E. of Tattershall, is a small village and parish, having only 73 souls, and 670 acres.

J. B. Stanhope, Esq., is lord of the manor, owner of the soil, and patron of the benefice.

The Church (All Saints) is a small brick structure, consisting of nave and chancel, covered with tiles and having a primitive belfry with one bell.

The benefice is a rectory valued in K.B. at £11. 1s. 7d., and now at £125, in the incumbency of the Rev. J. Bradshaw Tyrwhitt, who is non-resident, and for whom the Rev. Thomas Barker, of Revesby, officiates".

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Wilksby, All Saints Church
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

Church viewed from the east.

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Wilksby, All Saints Church
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel

Local signage states that :-

"A meeting took place in the old church in 1772, when the Lands within the Manor of Moorby cum Wilksby, 1000 acres or thereabouts, mostly in two very large fields, were divided by Commissioners between Joseph Banks, John Dymoke, Joseph Walls and Richard Clitherow. 

Conflicting records say that the present building was started in 1787, when Boyers and Harrison of Horncastle erected the nave on the old foundations for the sum of £100.00, paid for, we believe by Sir  Joseph Banks. They were to build the whole church, some 36 feet long, so why do other records say that the Rev John Dymoke, brother of the King's Champion, paid for the chancel to be built in 1802? 

Recent excavations, prior to the renovation of the church, support the claim that the rebuilding took place in two stages".

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, chancel
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering

A Boer War thank offering on the restoration of peace.

"The Second Boer War (Afrikaans: Tweede Vryheidsoorlog, lit. "Second Freedom War", 11 October 1899 31 May 1902), also known as the Boer War, the Anglo-Boer War, or the South African War, was fought between the British Empire and two independent Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire's influence in South Africa. The trigger of the war was the discovery of diamonds and gold in the Boer states. Initial Boer attacks were successful, and although British reinforcements later reversed these, the war continued for years with Boer guerrilla warfare, until harsh British counter-measures including a scorched earth policy brought the Boers to terms"

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

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, East Window, Boer War Memorial
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering
Wilksby, All Saints, Chancel, East Window, Boer War Thank Offering

"3 light east window with cusped wooden tracery"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1287679 

Stained glass was a thank offering following the restoration of peace at the end of the Boer War 1902.

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, window stained glass
Wilksby, All Saints, Churchyard
Wilksby, All Saints, Churchyard
Wilksby, All Saints, Churchyard

Plaque mounted in the churchyard with an area of woodland to the west.

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Wilksby, All Saints Churchyard, diamond jubilee wood
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave

Looking towards the plastered semi-circular chancel arch.

Local signage states that "The present structure was built in 1787 and contained, amongst things, one silver chalice now kept in the Lincoln Cathedral Treasury, and a parish register of births marriages and deaths from 1563 to 1711, now found in the Lincoln Archives".

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Wilksby, All Saints Church
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave

Looking west towards the entrance. Gas light fittings hanging from the ceiling.

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Wilksby, All Saints Church
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Font
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Font
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Font

"C14 octagonal font having trefoils to the sides, human head masks and moulded rim with fleurons"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1287679 

Local signage states that "The font is thought to date from the reign of King John and has survived the demolition of an earlier church or churches". 

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, Font
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Pulpit
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Pulpit
Wilksby, All Saints, Nave, Pulpit

"Panelled late C18 pulpit"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1287679 

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Wilksby, All Saints Church pulpit
Wilksby, All Saints, Roll of Honour
Wilksby, All Saints, Roll of Honour
Wilksby, All Saints, Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour for "The Great War 1914-1918".

Local signage states that "Wilksby has always been a small village. In 1811 there were just nine inhabited houses with 10 families, all employed in agriculture. Fewer people live in the village today. It is to the credit of the local population that no fewer than 15 villagers volunteered to serve in the First World War, with three paying the ultimate sacrifice".

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, Roll of Honour
Wilksby, All Saints, War Memorial
Wilksby, All Saints, War Memorial
Wilksby, All Saints, War Memorial

War Memorial 1914-1918 located on the north wall of the nave.

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Wilksby, All Saints Church, war memorial