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Addlethorpe, St Nicholas, gargoyle
Addlethorpe, St Nicholas, gargoyle
Addlethorpe, St Nicholas, gargoyle

This gargoyle, with modern spout, is midway along the east wall of the porch.

August 2013

Addlethorpe, St Nicholas church, gargoyle
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald, label stop
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald, label stop
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald, label stop

Ashby De La Launde, St Hibald
Baston, St John Baptist, porch
Baston, St John Baptist, porch
Baston, St John Baptist, porch

The elaborate niche over the south porch may have held a pieta.

September 2014

Baston, St John Baptist church, pieta, porch
Beckingham, All Saints, Tower, Gargoyle
Beckingham, All Saints, Tower, Gargoyle
Beckingham, All Saints, Tower, Gargoyle

Gargoyle on tower corner just beneath the battlements.

DB 8 October 2018

Beckingham, All Saints, Church, Gargoyle
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway

Detail of the Norman west doorway, with zig-zag decoration, clearly restored by Fowler.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church doorway, Norman zig-zag
Billingborough, St&nbspAndrew, label stop
Billingborough, St Andrew, label stop
Billingborough, St Andrew, label stop

Billingborough, St Andrew label stop
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen

Close up of some of the many grotesque images on Nicholson's church.

July 2012

Biscathorpe, St Helen church
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen

The heavily crocketed pinnacles and prominent parapets of the tower.

July 2012

Biscathorpe, St Helen church
Bloxholm, St Mary, coat of arms
Bloxholm, St Mary, coat of arms
Bloxholm, St Mary, coat of arms

The coat of arms of General Manners over the porch made in Coade stone by Coade & Seely. The motto translates as 'Strive to Attain'.

Mark Acton, 2017


Bloxholm, St Mary family crest
Castle Bytham, St James, grotesque
Castle Bytham, St James, grotesque
Castle Bytham, St James, grotesque

Label stop or grotesque.

March 2017

Castle Bytham, St James, grotesque
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew

This grotesque placed as a label stop to the left of the west doorway is probably the only surviving external fragment of the medieval church which occupied this site.

September 2015

Claxby-East-Lindsey, St Andrew church, grotesque
Coningsby, St Michael, gargoyle
Coningsby, St Michael, gargoyle
Coningsby, St Michael, gargoyle

Gargoyle in the form of a grinning gryphon.

April 2016

Coningsby, St Michael, gargoyle
Croft, All Saints, grotesque
Croft, All Saints, grotesque
Croft, All Saints, grotesque

Badly eroded grotesque carving of a head at the end of a hood mould.

May 2016

Croft, All Saints, grotesque
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop

One of a pair of label stops by the west door.

September 2017

Deeping St Nicholas, head, label stop
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop
Deeping St Nicholas, church, label stop

One of a pair of label stops by the west door.

September 2017



Deeping St Nicholas, head, label stop
Dunsby, All&nbspSaints
Dunsby, All Saints
Dunsby, All Saints

The slender angle buttresses on the tower have crocketed gablets and these decorative pieces at the level of the second stage.

October 2017

Dunsby, All Saints church
East Torrington, St Michael
East Torrington, St Michael
East Torrington, St Michael

Label stop over window in south wall of nave.

July 2012

East Torrington, St Michael church
East Keal, St Helen
East Keal, St Helen
East Keal, St Helen

The Early English style west doorway of 1853 has four orders, and dog tooth decoration round the arches.

July 2014

East Keal, St Helen church, doorway
East Ravendale, St Martin, label stop
East Ravendale, St Martin, label stop
East Ravendale, St Martin, label stop
All the lancet windows designed by James Fowler in Early English style have hood moulding ending in decorated 'organic' stops.
East Ravendale, St Martin church, label stop
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque

A crudely carved - and heavily weathered - grotesque by the north porch entrance.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque

A crudely carved - and heavily weathered - grotesque by the north porch entrance.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church, grotesque
Garthorpe, St Mary, rain water head
Garthorpe, St Mary, rain water head
Garthorpe, St Mary, rain water head

Original cast-iron water head or hopper on the south side of the church.

August 2015

Garthorpe, St Mary church, rain water head
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul

Above the Perpendicular south porch entrance is a niche with a weathered pieta.

The 14th century arms of the Tournays who lived at nearby Caenby are seen inside. 

May 2008

Glentham, St Peter & St Paul
Grimoldby, St Edith, gargoyle
Grimoldby, St Edith, gargoyle
Grimoldby, St Edith, gargoyle

A gargoyle above the south aisle at St Edith's, Grimoldby.

September 2012

Grimoldby, St Edith church, gargoyle
Grimoldby, St Edith, grotesque
Grimoldby, St Edith, grotesque
Grimoldby, St Edith, grotesque

A grotesque in limestone above the porch at St Edith's.

September 2012

Grimoldby, St Edith church, grotesque
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael

Detail of the "funny little heads" on the eaves corbels (Pevsner), on the north side of the nave.

Sept 2012

Hackthorn, St Michael church, eaves corbels
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael

Decorative detail near the north door.

Sept 2012

Hackthorn, St Michael
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, porch detail
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, porch detail
Halton Holegate, St Andrew, porch detail

Details of the double rows of quatrefoils above the porch.

May 2016

Halton Holegate, St Andrew church porch
Heckington, St Andrew, grotesques
Heckington, St Andrew, grotesques
Heckington, St Andrew, grotesques

The two small grotesques are above the niche in a buttress on the south face of the chancel.

June 2015

Heckington, St Andrew church, grotesque
Heckington, St Andrew, porch
Heckington, St Andrew, porch
Heckington, St Andrew, porch

Detail of the decorated parapet above the porch, with the (replaced) figure of Christ in the centre.

June 2015

Heckington, St Andrew church, porch
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque

Grotesque on external wall of 13th century south aisle.

May 2010

Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque

Grotesque on external wall of south aisle.

May 2010

Holton cum Beckering, All Saints, grotesque
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle

There are several well carved gargoyles above the clerestory and aisles.

March 2016

Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle

There are several well carved gargoyles above the clerestory and aisles.

March 2016



Hougham, All Saints church, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle
Hougham, All Saints, gargoyle

There are several well carved gargoyles above the clerestory and aisles.

March 2016



Hougham, All Saints church, gargoyle
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew church, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew, grotesque
Immingham, St Andrew church, grotesque
Leasingham, St Andrew, angel
Leasingham, St Andrew, angel
Leasingham, St Andrew, angel

The fourteenth century carved angel on the left of the porch entrance.

June 2017

Leasingham, St Andrew, angel
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, north doorway

Carved stone in the form of a frog (?) above the north doorway.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway
Little Bytham, St Medard, priest's doorway

Detail of the tympanum above the priest's doorway on the south side of the chancel.

The carving is of a bird. To the left is an empty roundel, once possibly enclosing a holy relic.

March 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, tympanum, relic
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist, gargoyle
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist, gargoyle
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist, gargoyle

One of the many interesting gargoyles at the church of St John Baptist.

Mark Acton, 2016

Londonthorpe, St John Baptist, gargoyle
Lusby, St Peter, cross
Lusby, St Peter, cross
Lusby, St Peter, cross

This small carved stone cross is set over the blocked south doorway, which dates from the Norman period.

July 2015

Lusby, St Peter carving
Mareham le Fen, St Helen, grotesque
Mareham le Fen, St Helen, grotesque
Mareham le Fen, St Helen, grotesque

This grotesque cat-like face is alongside the south door.

April 2016

Mareham le Fen, St Helen church, grotesque
Marshchapel, St Mary, grotesque
Marshchapel, St Mary, grotesque
Marshchapel, St Mary, grotesque

This grotesque is just above the south porch.

September 2012

Marshchapel, St Mary, grotesque
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway
Middle Rasen, St Peter, South Doorway

Detail of the beakhead and zigzag decoration surrounding the south doorway, Norman in style but most probably restored.

December 2017

Middle Rasen, St Peter church
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop

Carved face as label stop at the end of hood mould.

October 2017

Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop
Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist, label stop

Carved face as label stop at the end of hood mould.

October 2017



Morton by Bourne, St John Baptist
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis church, grotesque
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen

Label stop on hood moulding over the east window at St Helen's church - work of S S Teulon.

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997

North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen

Label stop on hood moulding at St Helen's church - work of S S Teulon.

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997



North Ormsby, St Helen
North Witham, St Mary, grotesque
North Witham, St Mary, grotesque
North Witham, St Mary, grotesque

Carved grotesque face set in the external wall of the church.

March 2017

North Witham, St Mary, grotesque
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee

Tower detail.

Spot the ‘Man of Clee’ in the centre.

Mark Acton, 2008

Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
Old Clee, Holy Trinity, Man of Clee
An enlargement of the unusually shaped stone set in the church tower.
Old Clee, Old Man
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church
Rippingale, St Andrew
Rippingale, St Andrew
Rippingale, St Andrew

Around the base of the church tower is a frieze with quatrefoil decoration.

October 2017

Rippingale, St Andrew
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque
Ropsley, St Peter, Grotesque

A small grotesque carving in the interior of St Peter's.

September 2013

Ropsley, St Peter grotesque
Scothern, St German
Scothern, St German
Scothern, St German

This weathered head by the west door is thought to have originated in Barlings Abbey.

January 2014

Scothern, St German
Sempringham, St Andrew
Sempringham, St Andrew
Sempringham, St Andrew

The decorative frieze in pseudo Norman style applied in the Victorian restoration.

October 2017

Sempringham, St Andrew
Sixhills, All Saints
Sixhills, All Saints
Sixhills, All Saints

This fine decorated cast-iron work is on the ridge of the roof at the east end of the nave.

August 2010

Sixhills, All Saints, roof ridge cast iron
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Gargoyle
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Gargoyle
South Ormsby, St Leonard, Gargoyle

Gargoyles at each corner of the tower.

DB 14 August 2018

South Ormsby, St Leonard, church, gargoyle
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, corbel
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, corbel
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, corbel

This corbel in the interior of the church probably represents the Green Man.

August 2016

Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas church, corbel, green man
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, gargoyle
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, gargoyle
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, gargoyle

Sheep's head gargoyle on the south side of the nave.

August 2016

Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas church, gargoyle
Stainby, St Peter, label stop
Stainby, St Peter, label stop
Stainby, St Peter, label stop

Label stop in the form of a 'medieval' head, a typical decorative device used by Victorian church restorers.

April 2017

Stainby, St Peter, label stop
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew

Detail of end of arch at west doorway.

June 2015

Stewton, St Andrew church
Stragglethorpe, St Michael, Michael & Dragon
Stragglethorpe, St Michael, Michael & Dragon
Stragglethorpe, St Michael, Michael & Dragon

West end has a carving of Michael spearing the dragon set in a tracery arch.

DB 14 April 2018

Stragglethorpe, Church, Saint Michael, Carving, Dragon
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway

Detail of the south doorway.

December 2013

Sudbrooke, St Edward
Sutton St Edmund, church porch
Sutton St Edmund, church porch
Sutton St Edmund, church porch

The porch (added in the nineteenth century) is flanked by columns with leafy capitals.

September 2017

Sutton St Edmund, porch church
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints

Further deatils from he south aisle, which was built in 1886-87 as part of the restoration of the church.

April 2016



Swarby, St Mary & All Saints church
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid

Pevsner says that above the west tower window is a "charming crouching figure: a reset C14 caryatid".

DB 20 May 2018 

 

Torksey, St Peter, church, caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque

Grotesque head set into the west tower. Fingers pulling the mouth into a wicked grin.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, Grotesque
Welby, St Bartholomew
Welby, St Bartholomew
Welby, St Bartholomew

The decorated frieze on the parapet above the nave is carried round the head of the polygonal rood staircase projection adjacent to the chancel.

April 2016

Welby, St Bartholomew
Welby, St Bartholomew, grotesque
Welby, St Bartholomew, grotesque
Welby, St Bartholomew, grotesque

This grotesque is mounted on the corner of the porch.

April 2016

Welby, St Bartolomew, grotesque
Welton, St Mary, interior decoration
Welton, St Mary, interior decoration
Welton, St Mary, interior decoration

There is stencilled frieze decorating the top of the nave walls.

May 2016

Welton, St Mary church, interior decoration
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen

The 15th century porch, like the tower, has impressive gargoyles.

July 2014

West Keal, St Helen church, gargoyle
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen

Gargoyle from the 15th century porch.

July 2014

West Keal, St Helen church, gargoyle
West Rasen, All Saints
West Rasen, All Saints
West Rasen, All Saints

The clerestory windows on the south side of the nave are flanked by a frieze of shields said to have come from a tomb-chest.

July 2013

West Rasen, All Saints church
Winteringham, All Saints, sculpture
Winteringham, All Saints, sculpture
Winteringham, All Saints, sculpture

This tiny figure stands in a niche high up in the east wall of the Early English south transept.  It probably dates from the fourteenth century.

April 2015

Winteringham, All Saints church, sculpture
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James, Carved Head
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James, Carved Head
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James, Carved Head

This stone carving from Place's restoration of 1847 is by the south door of the church.

September 2009

Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James church, carving