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Willoughby, Pill Box
Willoughby, Pill Box
Willoughby, Pill Box

This World War 2 defensive structure, though common throughout the county, is not usually located as close to the centre of a village as this one.

It is adjacent to the Bonthorpe Road, about 200 metres north of St Helen’s church at TF 473721.

August 2013

Willoughby, pill box, world war 2
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen

St Helen’s in Willoughby is a large and lofty example of early Perpendicular though there are Early English fragments.

The church makes the most of Willoughby’s most famous son, Captain John Smith of Pocahontas fame, explorer and leader of the Virginia Colony.

Mark Acton, August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, John Smith, Virginia
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen

St Helen's is built principally of local greenstone (or Spilsby Sandstone), not the most durable of building materials. As in several other churches in the locality, brick has been used for repairs.

The bricks here appear to be 18th century or earlier.  Several have been laid on edge.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, bricks
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughby, St Helen
August 2013
Willoughby, St Helen church
Willoughby, St Helen, ladder
Willoughby, St Helen, ladder
Willoughby, St Helen, ladder

In the tower is a ladder - repaired but thankfully not replaced - wonderfully described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘primeval’.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, ladder
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

Memorial plaque to John Smith.

Mark Acton, August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, John Smith memorial plaque
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

Chancel window with tracery of the Early Perpendicular style, possibly late-14th century.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

One of two windows at St Helen's, memorials to Captain John Smith (1580-1631), eminent figure in New Engalnd's development, born at Willoughby.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, window, John Smith
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

One of two windows at St Helen's, memorials to Captain John Smith (1580-1631), eminent figure in New Engalnd's development, born at Willoughby.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, window, John Smith
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

Details from the John Smith memorial window.

The inscription reads: 'Robert Hunt, an honest, religious and clourageous Divine, first administers the Holy Sacrament at Jamestown, Virginia, 21 June 1607'.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, window, John Smith
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window
Willoughby, St Helen, window

Details from the John Smith memorial window.

The inscription reads: 'William Crashaw preaches to members of the Viginia Company in the Temple Church in London on the 21st February 1609'.

August 2013

Willoughby, St Helen church, window, John Smith, William Crashaw