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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis, grotesque
North Killingholme, St Denis church, 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
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
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
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
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew

Detail of end of arch at west doorway.

June 2015

Stewton, St Andrew church
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway
Sudbrooke, St Edward, doorway

Detail of the south doorway.

December 2013

Sudbrooke, St Edward
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
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