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Ancaster, St Martin
Ancaster, St Martin
Ancaster, St Martin

The clerestory, topped by battlements and pinnacles, dates from the 15th century.

May 2015

Ancaster, St Martin church
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)

Detail of doorway surround. Work of John H Hakewill*.

October 2016

* John Henry Hakewill (1810-1880) was an architect who undertook church restoration work principally in Suffolk, Wiltshire and Nottinghamshire.

Aubourn, St Peter new church, John H Hakewill.
Branston, All Saints
Branston, All Saints
Branston, All Saints

The little used west door at Branston is Norman with blank arcading of the same period on either side.

June 2013

Branston, All Saints church
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial

On the south side of the church are two sundials of uncertain date, one in the angle of the buttresses at the south-east corner of the nave and the other between the south-east buttresses on the wall of the tower.

Mark Acton, 2008

Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole

On the north side of St Helen's a few putlog holes survive. They were fixing points for wooden scaffolding during building construction.  Usually they were filled when work was completed.

August 2014

Brigsley, St Helen church, putlogs
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

The most outstanding feature of St Mary's is the Anglo-Saxon tower with herringbone masonry and attached staircase tower.

The staircase is not bonded in to the tower, hence is later addition.

There are only three other similar towers in England Ė one of them in Lincolnshire at Hough on the Hill.

February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church, staircase, herringbone masonry, Anglo Saxon tower
Cadney, All Saints
Cadney, All Saints
Cadney, All Saints

This stoup (for holding holy water) is within the porch and to the right of the entrance door.

February 2015

Cadney, All Saints church, stoup
Coates by Stow, St Edith
Coates by Stow, St Edith
Coates by Stow, St Edith

View from the west of the bellcote.

A west tower was proposed in the early 13th century and the arch linking it to the nave can be seen here in the external wall of the church.

June 2016

Coates By Stow, St Helen, bellcote
Coningsby, St Michael
Coningsby, St Michael
Coningsby, St Michael

The passageway between tower and nave,

August 2013

Coningsby, St Michael church
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter

This date stone above the south doorway is inscribed

H(?) - D
1764
C - W

It is not clear what this refers to. The church was remodelled on a number of occasions, including the rendering of the south wall of the nave.

June 2015

Conisholme, St Peter church, date stone
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter

The bellcote of 1860 viewed from the north-east.

June 2015

Conisholme, St Peter church, bellcote
Eastoft, St Bartholomew, bellcote
Eastoft, St Bartholomew, bellcote
Eastoft, St Bartholomew, bellcote

The tall bellcote with steeply pitched roof is situated at the east end of the nave.

August 2015

Eastoft, St Bartholomew church, bellcote
Firsby, St Andrew, bellcote
Firsby, St Andrew, bellcote
Firsby, St Andrew, bellcote

The double bellcote is built over the west end of the nave, a common design feature of Victorian country churches.

Below the bellcote - not visible here - is a rose window in plate tracery.

May 2016

Firsby, St Andrew bellcote
Fiskerton, St Clement, putlogs
Fiskerton, St Clement, putlogs
Fiskerton, St Clement, putlogs

The tower of St Clementís at Fiskerton still contains putlog holes, originally created to support scaffolding during construction.

The normal practice was to fill these holes in - or possibly saw off the timber inserted in them - when the tower was completed.

September 2008

Fiskerton, St Clement, round tower, putlog holes, scaffolding
Glentworth, St Michael, bell opening
Glentworth, St Michael, bell opening
Glentworth, St Michael, bell opening

The twin bell-openings with dividing shaft on the south wall of the tower are typical of the late Saxon period (11th century).

May 2015

Glentworth, St Michael church, bell opening
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote

The small bellcote at the west end of the church is topped by a tiny spirelet.

September 2015

Great Steeping, All Saints church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote

The simple square bell-turret or bellcote is weatherboarded, presumably a twentieth-century finish.

July 2016

Great Steeping, old church, bell cote
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, bell opening
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, bell opening
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, bell opening

The large bell opening high in the tower of St Andrew's. It is in Perpendicular style.

May 2016

Halton Holegate, St Andrew, bell opening
Hameringham, All Saints
Hameringham, All Saints
Hameringham, All Saints

The bell turret with its wooden base and pyramidal roof is 19th century work.

June 2015

Hameringham, All Saints church, bell turret
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul

A stylish bellcote.

The English Heritage listing simply describes it as 'a C19 trilobe and a gabled bellcote corbelled out from ashlar buttress with ogee headed bell opening'.

May 2016

Hareby, St Peter & St Paul church
Hatton, St Stephen
Hatton, St Stephen
Hatton, St Stephen

This stone fragment, now resting close to the south door of the church, was part of the medieval building replaced by James Fowler.

August 2013

Hatton, St Stephen church
Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Hough on the Hill, All Saints

Window opening in Anglo Saxon stair turret.

Aug 2012

Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin

The small bell turret has a shafted opening and a gable above.

June 2014

Kirmond Le Mire, St Martin church
Nocton, All Saints, door
Nocton, All Saints, door
Nocton, All Saints, door

Detail of the foliage at the head of the shafts alongside the NW porch entrance.

March 2016

Nocton, All Saints, door
North Kelsey, St Nicholas, Norman slab
North Kelsey, St Nicholas, Norman slab
North Kelsey, St Nicholas, Norman slab

This Norman slab with closely set horizontal zig-zag is in the south wall of the nave.

It is possibly a grave slab.

May 2016

North Kelsey, St Nicholas, Norman slab
Rigsby, St James
Rigsby, St James
Rigsby, St James

The elaborate bell-turret of St James's, corbelled out and with a spirelet, is described by Pevsner as "just High Victorian".

September 2015

Rigsby, St James church, bell turret
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret

Detail of the brick tower at the west end of the church showing one of the two-light bell-openings.

June 2013

Roughton, St Margaret church, bell opening, brick
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret

The unusual design of the gable end at the east end of the church.

June 2013

Roughton, St Margaret church
Saxby, St Helen
Saxby, St Helen
Saxby, St Helen

St Helen's bell turret with ogee cap.

January 2014

Saxby, St Helen, ogee cap, bell turret
Skillington, St James, porch detail
Skillington, St James, porch detail
Skillington, St James, porch detail

Leaf capitals at the south porch entrance (late thirteenth century).

March 2017

Skillington, St James porch
South Elkington, All Saints
South Elkington, All Saints
South Elkington, All Saints

Buttresses at the south-east corner of the chancel are made from chalk and ironstone.

All Saints' church is one of a few surviving Wolds buildings in which chalk has been used.

September 2012

South Elkington, All Saints, chalk
South Witham, St John Baptist
South Witham, St John Baptist
South Witham, St John Baptist

St John the Baptistís has a western bell-cote dating from the 13th century.

September 2010

South Witham, St John Baptist, bell-cote
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints

The Early English blind arcades and Perpendicular windows on the south side of the nave of All Saints.

September 2011

Stamford, All Saints
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh

The bellcote over the west gable at St Hugh's is simply constructed in timber with tile and copper cladding.

May 2014

Sturton by Stow, St Hugh church
Swaton, St Michael, Sundial
Swaton, St Michael, Sundial
Swaton, St Michael, Sundial

This simple sundial is set in the wall of the south transept above a fifteenth century Perpendicular window.

Swaton, sundial, Perpendicular,
Thimbleby, St Margaret
Thimbleby, St Margaret
Thimbleby, St Margaret

The short west tower at Thimbleby has an octagonal upper stage and a small spire.

June 2013

Thimbleby, St Margaret church
Usselby, St Margaret
Usselby, St Margaret
Usselby, St Margaret

The charming but neglected bell-cote has weatherboarded sides, louvred bell openings and a concave pyramidal lead roof.

May 2016

Usselby, St Margaret, bell cote
Wainfleet All Saints, church bell turret
Wainfleet All Saints, church bell turret
Wainfleet All Saints, church bell turret

The western bell-turret with its tiles and ornamental lead roof was added to the church in 1932.

July 2014

Wainfleet All Saints, church, bell turret
Withcall, St Martin
Withcall, St Martin
Withcall, St Martin

Enlarged photograph of the bellcote over the chancel.

July 2013

Withcall, St Martin church, bellcote
Wold Newton, All Hallows, bell cote
Wold Newton, All Hallows, bell cote
Wold Newton, All Hallows, bell cote

A closer view of the elaborate bell cote.

June 2014

Wold Newton, All Hallows church