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Wilsford
 
Wilsford, Main Street
Wilsford, Main Street
Wilsford, Main Street

Wilsford has a population of some 400 and lies seven miles north east of Grantham.

Amazingly the village retains a pub and a post office/shop.

This view looks north-east down the minor road from Wilsford Heath.  The parish church of St Mary is seen in the background in the centre of the village.

undated postcard

Wilsford, Main Street
Wilsford, Myers CE School, School Lane
Wilsford, Myers CE School, School Lane
Wilsford, Myers CE School, School Lane

Former school now a private house. 

"The school was originally opened on 13 April 1858 as a National School, and re-opened in 1877 after a closure of about nine months.

It was known as Wilsford School in 1877, Wilsford Myer's School by 1899.

It was reorganised as a Junior School on 2 February 1942, with children over eleven years old transferred to Sleaford Senior Council School.

The school was closed on 22 July 1987, with the children transferred to Ancaster School"

https://www.lincstothepast.com/WILSFORD-MYERS-CE-SCHOOL/886404.record?pt=S 

"Above the doorway is a carved ashlar scroll recording the construction of the school in 1857"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1168912 

DB 15 August 2018

Wilsford, Myers CE School
Wilsford, Plough Inn, Main Street
Wilsford, Plough Inn, Main Street
Wilsford, Plough Inn, Main Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1876 lists three public houses in Wilsford of which only the Plough Inn now remains :-

Plough landlord Samuel Ash

Marquis of Granby landlord John Martin

Rutland Arms landlord James Rimington 

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, Plough Inn, public house, Samuel Ash
Wilsford, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Main Street
Wilsford, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Main Street
Wilsford, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Main Street

"The chapel was opened in 1899 as a successor to the chapel next door.

It was closed in 1969"

http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MLI89606&resourceID=1006 

The chapel next door refers to the building with a green roof just visible on the right hand side of this image. 

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Wilsford, Rectory
Wilsford, Rectory
Wilsford, Rectory

Former rectory, viewed from the churchyard, on the opposite side of Main Street.

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, Rectory
Wilsford, St Mary
Wilsford, St Mary
Wilsford, St Mary

St Mary's church in Wilsford has a Perpendicular tower and Early English chancel with Decorated east window.

The nave contains Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Early English work. Kirk & Parry of Sleaford carried out restoration in 1860-61.

Mark Acton, 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, Kirk and Parry
Wilsford, St Mary
Wilsford, St Mary
Wilsford, St Mary

The remarkable though harmonious blend of styles in St Mary's can be appreciated in the view from the south-east.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end

St Mary's has several attractive poppyhead bench ends depicting figures.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary church, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end

St Mary's has several attractive poppyhead bench ends depicting figures - here with a pair of hounds.

April 2016



Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end

St Mary's has several attractive poppyhead bench ends depicting figures. Here: a knight in battle?

April 2016



Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, bench end

St Mary's has several attractive poppyhead bench ends depicting figures.

April 2016



Wilsford, St Mary, bench end
Wilsford, St Mary, Bier
Wilsford, St Mary, Bier
Wilsford, St Mary, Bier

Presented to the church in memory of the "22 Wilsford men who fell in the Great War 1914-18"

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, Bier
Wilsford, St Mary, Chancel
Wilsford, St Mary, Chancel
Wilsford, St Mary, Chancel

Church Guide states that an incised slab in the floor (now covered by carpet) records that the chancel was rebuilt by the rector Roger Warde who died 1477.

Restored in the Victorian period by Kirk and Parry 1860-1. 

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, chancel, Kirk and Parry, Roger Warde
Wilsford, St Mary, East Window, War Memorial
Wilsford, St Mary, East Window, War Memorial
Wilsford, St Mary, East Window, War Memorial

C14 east window.

Stained glass added in 1920 as a memorial to those who died in World War 1.

The names of the fallen are listed at the bottom with their regimental badges at the top. 

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, stained glass, war memorial
Wilsford, St Mary, font
Wilsford, St Mary, font
Wilsford, St Mary, font

A concave octagonal sided font with quatrefoils on the stem and bowl.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, font
Wilsford, St Mary, inscription
Wilsford, St Mary, inscription
Wilsford, St Mary, inscription

Lead plate with name and initials at west end of nave.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, monument, Robert Pacey
Wilsford, St Mary, interior
Wilsford, St Mary, interior
Wilsford, St Mary, interior

Looking east towards the chancel arch (restored 1860s) and the Decorated east window.

The two-bay north arcade (to the left) is Early English with round piers and round arches. The soith aisle is slightly later and in different style.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, interior
Wilsford, St Mary, Interior
Wilsford, St Mary, Interior
Wilsford, St Mary, Interior

Looking west towards the tall C15 tower arch.

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church
Wilsford, St Mary, organ pipes
Wilsford, St Mary, organ pipes
Wilsford, St Mary, organ pipes

Decorated organ pipes.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, organ pipes
Wilsford, St Mary, porch
Wilsford, St Mary, porch
Wilsford, St Mary, porch

A simple robust constructon in keeping with the Perpendicular tower.

April 2016

Wilsford, St Mary, porch
Wilsford, St Mary, Pulpit
Wilsford, St Mary, Pulpit
Wilsford, St Mary, Pulpit

C19 panelled ashlar pulpit.

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, pulpit
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour

Second Word War Roll of Honour.

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, Roll of Honour
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour
Wilsford, St Mary, Roll of Honour

First Word War Roll of Honour.

DB 16 April 2018

Wilsford, St Mary, Church, Roll of Honour