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

The church of St Nicholas in Addlethorpe is a fine example of the fifteenth-century Perpendicular style.

It lost its chancel at much the same time as its neighbour in Ingoldmells and for the same reason – the incumbent wouldn’t go to the trouble and expense of repair.

The medieval screens earned the church its place in Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches. Not easy to gain access though.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Addlethorpe, St Nicholas, chancel
Aisthorpe, St Peter
Aisthorpe, St Peter
Aisthorpe, St Peter

A neglected building in an isolated spot on the edge of the village with an overgrown churchyard.

It was built by T C Hine in 1867 with a short broach spire - hardly typical of this part of the county.

Windows and tracery are thirteenth century in style.

August 2013

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Aisthorpe, St Peter church
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid

St. Wilfrid's church in Alford has many features from the decorated period along with a Perpendicular screen, Jacobean pulpit and a fine alabaster tomb.

St Wilfrid's was heavily restored in the Victorian period.

Mark Acton, 2008

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Alford, St Wilfrid church, Jacobean pulpit
Algarkirk, St Peter & St Paul
Algarkirk, St Peter & St Paul
Algarkirk, St Peter & St Paul

The grand Fenland church of St Peter and St Paul consists of clerestoried nave and transepts, crossing tower with spire, and chancel.

Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular work are well represented here.   Particularly impressive are the great Decorated windows.

R C Carpenter restored the church extensively in the 1850s, giving the chancel its rich colour scheme.

September 2011

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Algarkirk, St Peter and St Paul Church, R C Carpenter
Alkborough, St John Baptist
Alkborough, St John Baptist
Alkborough, St John Baptist

The tower of St John Baptist church is Anglo-Saxon with twin bell-openings and a distinctive west window, though the upper part is Early English.

April 2015

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Alkborough, St John Baptist
Allington, Holy Trinity
Allington, Holy Trinity
Allington, Holy Trinity

An odd-looking church.

Holy Trinity, Allington (West Allington to be exact) has a medieval west end with a bellcote perhaps from the demolished church of East Allington. The brick parts may be eighteenth-century.

Inside is an arcade dated to around 1200, seventeenth-century pulpit & gallery and monuments to the Williamson & Welby families.

Locked with no obvious means of access.

Mark Acton, 2014

Allington, Holy Trinity church, Williamson, Welby
Althorpe, St Oswald
Althorpe, St Oswald
Althorpe, St Oswald

St Oswald's Althorpe stands close to the bank of the River Trent.

The church was built in 1483 by Sir John Neville, whose arms are displayed on the west side of the ashlar faced tower.

It has a Perpendicular style throughout.

August 2015

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Althorpe, St Oswald, Sir John Neville
Alvingham, St. Adelwold
Alvingham, St. Adelwold
Alvingham, St. Adelwold

The church of St. Adelwold, Alvingham, shares a churchyard with St. Mary's of North Cockerington.

It has a 13th century tower, Perpendicular nave windows and a brick chancel of 1806.

Mark Acton, 2008 

Alvingham, St Adewold church, North Cockerington, St Mary
Amcotts, St Mark
Amcotts, St Mark
Amcotts, St Mark

St Mark's Amcotts was built in 1853 on the site of an earlier chapel.

The church has a rough stone exterior and has an Early English style. The interior has a painted hammer-beam roof.

August 2015

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Amcotts, St Mark
Ancaster, St Martin
Ancaster, St Martin
Ancaster, St Martin

Externally, much of St Martin’s is Perpendicular, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. There is 12th century work in the chancel, however, notably the corbel table.

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May 2015

Ancaster, St Martin church
Anwick, St Edith
Anwick, St Edith
Anwick, St Edith

The church has both Early English and Decorated features with some fine ashlar work.

The south porch (seen here) has a Decorated entrance.

June 2013

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Anwick, St Edith church
Apley, St&nbspAndrew
Apley, St Andrew
Apley, St Andrew

A tiny brick building of 1871, Apley St Andrew was initially a mortuary chapel.

May 2010

Apley, St Andrew, mortuary chapel
Appleby, St Bartholomew
Appleby, St Bartholomew
Appleby, St Bartholomew

Externally the church of St Bartholomew, Appleby, dates from the restoration of 1883.

The chancel, though, is Perpendicular whilst the nave arcades are from the Decorated period.

The stained glass from Brussels in the east window was praised by Pevsner.

Mark Acton, April 2015

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Appleby, St Bartholomew
Ashby (Scunthorpe), St Paul
Ashby (Scunthorpe), St Paul
Ashby (Scunthorpe), St Paul

The church of St Paul in Ashby was built in 1924-5 to the design of H. C. Corlette.

The nave has never been completed. Inside is a steep, canted painted ceiling.

Mark Acton, April 2015

Ashby by Scunthorpe, H C Corlette
Ashby by Partney, St Helen
Ashby by Partney, St Helen
Ashby by Partney, St Helen

A small church of red brick and ashlar, St Helen’s dates from 1841.

Within is a 14th century font from an earlier building.

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September 2015

Ashby by Partney, St Helen church
Ashby cum Fenby, St Peter
Ashby cum Fenby, St Peter
Ashby cum Fenby, St Peter

It is not easy to understand why Ashby-cum-Fenby ever needed a church as large as St Peter’s.

The tower is Early English with dog-tooth decoration. The north arcade dates from a similar period – there may once have been a south arcade.

The chancel is post-medieval.

There is a Norman pillar piscine now in the west end of the building.

The effigy of a knight with crossed legs has been dated to the early fourteenth-century. The glory of the church is the ten-poster tomb to Sir William Wray and his wife dating from the 1640s.

The almshouses they built survive west of the church.

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Mark Acton 2014 

Ashby cum Fenby, St Peter
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald
Ashby de la Launde, St Hibald

The older elements of St Hibald's church, including tower and spire, are from the Early English period.

The nave and chancel were restored by William Huddleston in 1854.

June 2013

Ashby De La Launde, St Hibald church, William Huddleston
Ashby Puerorum, St Andrew
Ashby Puerorum, St Andrew
Ashby Puerorum, St Andrew

St Andrew’s is charmingly situated next to a farmyard.

The Perpendicular tower is of greenstone much patched with brick.  Both medieval nave and chancel have been much restored in Victorian times.

In the late 13th century the living was appropriated for the support of the choirboys of Lincoln cathedral, hence the name ‘Puerorum’.

September 2006

Ashby Puerorum, St Andrew, Lincoln Cathedral choirboys
Asterby, St Peter
Asterby, St Peter
Asterby, St Peter

St Peter’s is built of greenstone, much patched and looking rather forlorn.

The tower is 15th century, and the nave arcade is 14th, but there have been many alterations, mainly in the 19th century.

Now privately owned, and no longer used as a church.

September 2006

Asterby, St Peter
Aswarby, St Denis
Aswarby, St Denis
Aswarby, St Denis

The south doorway has fine Transitional features, i.e. Norman shafts and Early English dog-tooth decoration.

Much of the nave construction is from the Decorated period.  The tower and spire are a little later (Perpendicular).

September 2013

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Aswarby, St Denis church
Aswardby, St Helen
Aswardby, St Helen
Aswardby, St Helen

The stone and brick church of St Helen was built in 1747.  The wood and lead cupola at the west end was added in Victorian times.

September 2015

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Aswardby, St Helen
Aubourn, St Peter (Old Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (Old Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (Old Church)

St Peter’s is largely 13th century and once formed the chancel of a larger church.

The west front and the NW tower are 19th century.

Inside are Meres and Neville family monuments.

Frank Robinson, August 2014

Aubourn, St Peter old church, Neville, Meres
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)
Aubourn, St Peter (New Church)

In 1974 the nave and transepts up to the chancel arch were demolished, but the tower was retained.

The present standing structure comprises the tower and shingled broach spire, the chancel, apse and part of the unroofed south transept.

This surviving part of the church is Grade II listed and is known as Aubourn Clock Tower.

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October 2016



Aubourn, St Peter
Aunsby, St Thomas a Becket
Aunsby, St Thomas a Becket
Aunsby, St Thomas a Becket

The church at Aunsby has some Norman work inside (e.g. chancel arch).

The tower was built in the 13th century.  The bell openings have geometrical tracery.

The spire has two tiers of lucarnes in alternating directions.

September 2013

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Aunsby, St Thomas a Becket
Aylesby, St Lawrence
Aylesby, St Lawrence
Aylesby, St Lawrence

St Lawrence's church, Aylesby, has a Perpendicular tower with Early English nave arcades & chancel though much restoration took place in 1857.

The box pews were made by James Harrison of Middle Rasen in 1759.

Mark Acton, 2015
Aylesby, St Lawrence, James Harrison
Bag Enderby, St Margaret
Bag Enderby, St Margaret
Bag Enderby, St Margaret

George Tennyson, father of the famous Alfred, held the living of St Margaret in Bag Enderby in the early nineteenth century.

The greenstone church was built by Albinus de Enderby, who died in 1407.

There is a partly ancient screen and a fine fifteenth-century font.

Mark Acton, 2011 

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Bag Enderby, St Margaret, Tennyson, greenstone, Albinus de Enderby
Bardney, S tLawrence
Bardney, S tLawrence
Bardney, S tLawrence

The Church was built from stone and brick in the fifteenth century and is perpendicular in style. Stone fragments from Bardney Abbey can be seen in the building.

O.S Grid Ref. TF 1194 6937

Kathy Holland, 2013

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Bardney, St Lawrence church
Barholm, St Martin
Barholm, St Martin
Barholm, St Martin

Externally, the chancel, nave and porch of St Martin’s are largely late 13th century - much restored in the 19th century.  However, the inner doorway of the porch and the north arcade inside are Norman.

September 2014

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Barholm, St Martin church
Barlings, St Edward
Barlings, St Edward
Barlings, St Edward

Both north & south doorways of St Edward church, Barlings, are Norman; the shafted bellcote is Early English.

The eastern end of the nave & the chancel were rebuilt by Charles Kirk in 1876 but the remainder of the planned restoration was never undertaken.

Ken Redmore, 2010 

Barlings, church, Kirk,
Barnetby le Wold, St Mary
Barnetby le Wold, St Mary
Barnetby le Wold, St Mary

St Mary’s stands on the hillside above the town.

The church has a low Norman tower, a late 11th century nave and a 13th century chancel – all with later alterations.

The furnishings and the west gallery are early 19th century.

Cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

May 2011

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Barnetby le Wold, St Mary
Barton upon Humber, St Mary
Barton upon Humber, St Mary
Barton upon Humber, St Mary

St. Mary's church in Barton-on-Humber was built as a chapel-of-ease.

It has an Early English tower, south arcade and chancel. The north arcade is in late 12th century transitional style.

St Mary's church has many interesting brasses and monuments.

Mark Acton, 2007

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Barton Upon Humber, church, early english, transitional,
Barton upon Humber, St Peter
Barton upon Humber, St Peter
Barton upon Humber, St Peter

The lower stages of the tower of St Peter's Church are Anglo-Saxon dating from about AD 1000 and are Decorated with stone strips in imitation of timber framing.

To the left of the church (west) is the Anglo-Saxon baptistry.

A major archaeological investigation from 1978 to 1984 uncovered both the floor of the church and the churchyard.

There is an exhibition about the findings in the church. This important church is in the care of English Heritage.

Frank Robinson, 2008

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Barton Upon Humber, Anglo-Saxon, St Peter church, baptistry
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingham, St Michael

The church of St. Michael in Bassingham has a Norman nave and an early fourteenth century chancel.

The embattled clerestory is of the Perpendicular period, with quatrefoiled parapet, gargoyles and pinnacles.

August 2016

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Bassingham, St Michael
Bassingthorpe, St Thomas
Bassingthorpe, St Thomas
Bassingthorpe, St Thomas

Much of St Thomas’s is 13th century - the large windows are 15th  and 16th century additions.

The oldest features are the south arcade and the chancel arch - both 12th century.

The church has an attractive setting on a hillside close to the Tudor manor house and with farm buildings nearby.

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May 2015

Bassingthorpe, St Thomas church
Baston, St John Baptist
Baston, St John Baptist
Baston, St John Baptist

The church of St John the Baptist has 14th century nave arcades within, while externally the church has work from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

The three stage ashlar tower dates from the 15th century.

September 2014

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Baston, St John Baptist
Baumber, St Swithin
Baumber, St Swithin
Baumber, St Swithin

St Swithin’s is a Georgian red brick building in ‘Gothick’ style, with an interior that incorporates Norman and Early English features from the earlier church.

It was built in 1761 by Henry Clinton (9th Earl of Lincoln and later 2nd Duke of Newcastle) to house the family mausoleum.

October 2011

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Baumber, St Swithin church, Clinton, Duke of Newcastle, Gothick
Beelsby, St Andrew
Beelsby, St Andrew
Beelsby, St Andrew

Standing above the village street, St Andrew’s in Beelsby was built by Reggie Fowler in 1889-90.

The former tower arch can still be seen as can the blocked thirteenth-century north and south arcades.

he churchyard has been cleared of its gravestones.

Locked with no obvious means of entry, there is an air of redundancy about the place.

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Mark Acton, 2014

Beelsby, St Andrew
Belchford, St Peter & S tPaul
Belchford, St Peter & S tPaul
Belchford, St Peter & S tPaul

The chancel of St Peter and St Paul was rebuilt in 1859.  In 1909, the nave was rebuilt and the unsafe tower was taken down - the stone being used to build a vestry!

The interior has an ornate 19th century altar with reredos.

September 2006

Belchford, St Peter and St Paul church
Belleau, St John Baptist
Belleau, St John Baptist
Belleau, St John Baptist

St John the Baptist at Belleau was rebuilt in Decorated style in 1862 by C.E.Giles.

Externally the church is greenstone with striking limestone bands. 

September 2015

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Belleau, St John Baptist, C E Giles
Belton (Axholme), All Saints
Belton (Axholme), All Saints
Belton (Axholme), All Saints

All Saints Belton largely dates from the 14th and 15th centuries though the arcades re-use 13th century arches.

The interior is grand and spacious with a lofty nave and clerestory.

There are slender pillars to the N and S arcades, and a window over the churches chancel arch.

September 2015

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Belton Axholme, All Saints church
Belton, St Peter & St Paul
Belton, St Peter & St Paul
Belton, St Peter & St Paul

The small church of St Peter and St Paul is close to Belton House and contains several monuments to the Brownlow family, owners of the house.

The tower dates from the 12th century; the chancel is early Georgian.

Wyatville designed the mortuary chapel of 1816.

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Belton Kesteven, St Peter & St Paul, Brownlow, Wyatville
Belton, St Peter & St Paul
Belton, St Peter & St Paul
Belton, St Peter & St Paul

This tiny church is approached from the gardens of Belton House.  The tower dates from the 13th and 17th centuries, while the nave has a north arcade that is said to be Norman - though much restoration has taken place.

It is full of Brownlow and Cust monuments.

Frank Robinson, March 2014

Belton Kesteven, church St Peter & St Paul, Brownlow, Cust
Benington, All Saints
Benington, All Saints
Benington, All Saints

All Saints, Bennington, still a fine church. Now redundant, boarded up and awaiting conversion to community use.

Outside it appears Perpendicular but the nave arcades are Decorated and the chancel Early English, a rarity for the area.

Mark Acton, 2011

 

 

Benington, church, perpendicular, decorated, early english,
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian

St Julian, Benniworth, is an attractively set church which is largely the work of Fowler of Louth in 1875.

There is a Norman west doorway, mostly rebuilt and some Early English lancet windows. A reconstructed screen contains original shields of arms.

Mark Acton, 2012

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Benniworth, St Julian church, James Fowler
Bicker, St Swithun
Bicker, St Swithun
Bicker, St Swithun

St Swithun's in Bicker, described by Pevsner as 'truly amazing', has a truncated Norman nave, longer Early English chancel and a Decorated crossing and tower.

It also contains some old woodwork.

Mark Acton, 2008

 

 

Bicker, church, norman, early english, decorated,
Billinghay, St Michael
Billinghay, St Michael
Billinghay, St Michael

St Michael’s Billinghay has an Early English west tower, with a broach spire with flying buttresses added in 1787.

Much of the church is Early English and Decorated, with a Perpendicular clerestory to the nave.

August 2012

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Billinghay, St Michael, flying buttresses
Bilsby, Holy Trinity
Bilsby, Holy Trinity
Bilsby, Holy Trinity

Like many marshland churches a mixture of greenstone and brick. The tower and nave of Holy Trinity, Bilsby, are eighteenth-century whilst the chancel and north arcade are Perpendicular.

There is a memorial to Sir John Byllesby (died 1640) in the chancel.

A restoration of 1918 was largely funded by an American descendant, Major H. M. Byllesby.

Mark Acton, August 2013

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Bilsby, Holy Trinity
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen
Biscathorpe, St Helen

St Helen’s, Biscathorpe, lies in a beautiful valley through which the River Bain flows.

Probably the work of Nicholson of Lincoln – See the churches of Haugham and Raithby-by-Louth.

Built of white brick and cemented, it has fanciful pinnacles and crockets.

This church is badly in need of repair.

Mark Acton, 2012

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Biscathorpe,
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter

The small Georgian church of St Peter was built in 1747. The plastered interior is plain, with 19th century fittings.

The tower has a 12th century carved stone set into its west wall.

May 2008

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Bishop Norton, St Peter, Georgian
Bitchfield, St Mary Magdalen
Bitchfield, St Mary Magdalen
Bitchfield, St Mary Magdalen

The tower of St Mary Magdalen dates from the 13th century.  The spire, porch and nave windows are later 14th century work.

Inside is a 12th century north arcade set into an 11th century wall which has some herringbone masonry.

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May 2015

Bitchfield, St Mary Magdalen church
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

Medieval arches survive in St. Oswald's, Blankney, much of the church is Victorian.

The tower was built between 1805 and 1807, there is a Perpendicular north chapel.

A marble monument to Lady Florence Chaplin recalls the ownership of Blankney by that family.

Mark Acton, 2008
Blankney, church, medoeval, victorian, chaplin,
Blyborough, St Alkmund
Blyborough, St Alkmund
Blyborough, St Alkmund

The C18 tower of this church is unusually narrow with re-used medieval gargoyles.

The church was restored by James Fowler in 1877-78.

Inside is part of a Saxon funerary slab.

Blyborough, church, Alkmund, James Fowler, Saxon funerary slab
Blyton, St Martin
Blyton, St Martin
Blyton, St Martin

St Martin in Blyton has Perpendicular tower has a plain Norman arch.

The chancel is Early English, as evident in the chancel arch and the east window.

It was heavily restored in 1866.

Blyton, St Martin church
Bonby, St Andrew
Bonby, St Andrew
Bonby, St Andrew

St Andrew’s, Bonby, has an eighteenth-century brick tower and a chancel of the same material.

The nave, Norman in origin, is partly constructed in chalk.

The thirteenth-century north arcade has gone though evidence for it remains.

Mark Acton, 2015

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Bonby, St Andrew
Boothby Pagnell, St Andrew
Boothby Pagnell, St Andrew
Boothby Pagnell, St Andrew

The tower of St Andrew’s is Norman with later pinnacles and battlements.

Also Norman, is the two bay nave, while the clerestory and the lofty chancel are Decorated in style.

The screen, gilded reredos and the fine stained glass all date from 1896, when the church was restored and refurnished by J L Pearson.

September 2011

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Boothby Pagnell, St Andrew church, J L Pearson, Norman
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas

St Nicholas Church in Skirbeck, on the edge of Boston, was damaged by a great flood in 1571 and parts were demolished in 1595.

This picture shows the church after George Gilbert Scott had restored the nave and roof in 1869-75 but before the aisles were extended in 1905. A new chancel was built in 1933-35.

Postcard, 1908
Boston, church, scott,
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

St Botolph's church, on the north-west side of the Market Place in Boston, is one of the largest parish churches in the country.

The exceptional Perpendicular tower (or, as locally known, "the stump") is 272 ft high and a great Lincolnshire landmark.

Postcard dated 1911

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Boston, St Botolph church, stump,
Bottesford, St Peter in Chains
Bottesford, St Peter in Chains
Bottesford, St Peter in Chains

Bottesford is now a suburb of Scunthorpe though the church of St Peter’s Chains has a rural feel to it.

Externally the building is all in the Early English style though the south aisle window tracery is circa 1300.

View from the south-west.

April 2015

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Bottesford, St Peter in Chains
Bourne, St Peter & St Paul
Bourne, St Peter & St Paul
Bourne, St Peter & St Paul

The tower, aisle and clerestory seen here, date from the 15th century.

Inside, the nave retains the Norman arcades of the 12th century abbey church.

Frank Robinson, September 2011

Bourne, St Peter & St Paul church
Braceborough, St Margaret
Braceborough, St Margaret
Braceborough, St Margaret

The nave windows of St Margaret’s are in 14th and 15th century styles, but much rebuilding has taken place.

Tower and spire are 14th century, while the chancel is Victorian.

September 2014

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Braceborough, St Margaret church
Bracebridge heath, St John Evangelist
Bracebridge heath, St John Evangelist
Bracebridge heath, St John Evangelist

The modest red-brick church of St John the Evangelist was designed by C H Fowler and built in 1908-10.

Henry Wheatley, 2017

Bracebridge Heath, St John Evangelist
Braceby, St Margaret
Braceby, St Margaret
Braceby, St Margaret

The gabled bellcote of St Margaret's is 13th century.

The early 14th century windows on the south side of the church have been moved from the former south aisle.

September 2013

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Braceby, St Margaret church
Bradley, St George
Bradley, St George
Bradley, St George

The ironstone tower of St George’s is 13th century.  Much of the rest of the building dates from the 13th or 14th centuries.

The interior has a 14th century font and 18th century furnishings.

July 2014

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Bradley, St George
Branston, All Saints
Branston, All Saints
Branston, All Saints

The tower of All Saints is probably Anglo-Saxon and the porch Norman.

There in fact elements of the building from every period, and Victorian restoration by GG Scott.

June 2013

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Branston, All Saints church, G G Scott
Brant Broughton, St Helen
Brant Broughton, St Helen
Brant Broughton, St Helen

‘Without doubt, one of the best of all Lincolnshire churches’ (Henry Thorold)

Mainly 14th century, the church is remarkable for its elegant spire and its many fine carvings.

The beautiful chancel, with its painted ceiling and lavish furnishings, date from Bodley’s rebuilding in the late 19th century.

Frank Robinson, September 2014

Brant Broughton, St Helen church, G F Bodley, Henry Thorold
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter & St Paul, Bratoft, has a brick tower of 1747. The rest is of greenstone and in the Perpendicular style though restored in 1890.

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May 2016


Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul
Brattleby, St Cuthbert
Brattleby, St Cuthbert
Brattleby, St Cuthbert

The church of St. Cuthbert in Brattleby has an eleventh century tower (the lead spire is Victorian) and tower arch.

The arcades and windows of the nave, aisles and chancel are Early English style.

Mark Acton, 2009
Brattleby, church, eleventh, early english,
Brauncewell, All Saints
Brauncewell, All Saints
Brauncewell, All Saints

The church at Brauncewell stands close by the Manor in an otherwise isolated position.

It dates from the early nineteenth century; the chancel was rebiult in 1857.

June 2013

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Brauncewell, All Saints church
Brigg, St John Evangelist
Brigg, St John Evangelist
Brigg, St John Evangelist

St John’s is Early English in style and has pairs of lancet windows all along the high nave.

Designed by the Lincoln architect W A Nicholson and built in 1841-3.

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February 2015

Brigg, St John Evangelist, W A Nicholson
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen

‘Odd’ was our reaction on first seeing St Helen’s, Brigsley. It would be interesting to count the number of different building materials used over the centuries.

The lower part of the tower is eleventh-century, the upper in the Perpendicular style as is the clerestory.

The chancel is from the Decorated period. The north and south arcades have gone.

There are some interesting interior fittings though how one can gain access is not clear.

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Mark Acton, 2014

Brigsley, St Helen
Brinkhill, St Philip
Brinkhill, St Philip
Brinkhill, St Philip

Built in 1857 by local architects (Joseph) Maughan and (James) Fowler, this small church comprises nave with western bellcote and chancel.

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September 2015

Brinkhill, St Philip church, Maughan and Fowler
Brocklesby, All Saints
Brocklesby, All Saints
Brocklesby, All Saints

All Saints, Brocklesby, is largely built of ironstone and dates from the Decorated period.

The north and south nave porches are eighteenth-century as is the spire.

Inside are alabaster memorials to early Pelhams.

July 2014

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Brocklesby, All Saints church
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary
Broughton, St Mary

St Mary's church viewed from the south-east.

The chancel is largely 13th century (Early English). The south aisle dates from the 15th century. 

The south porch, flanked by pinnacles and with a Virgin and Child above, dates from the restoration of 1884.

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

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February 2015

Broughton, St Mary church, Anglo-Saxon tower
Broxholme, All Saints
Broxholme, All Saints
Broxholme, All Saints

All Saints’ dates from 1857 and is by the architect T C Hine*.

The church is of rock faced stone with Decorated style windows.

There is a north chapel with two gables, and at the SW corner is an octagonal bell turret.

The redundant church was sold for residential use in 1992.

July 2015

* Thomas Chambers Hine (1813-1899) was an architect with a practice in Nottingham. He also built St Peter's Church at Aisthorpe and restored St Michael's, Coningsby.

Broxholme, All Saints, Thomas Chambers Hine,
Brumby, St Hugh
Brumby, St Hugh
Brumby, St Hugh

The church of St Hugh in Brumby was completed in 1939 to the design of Lawrence Bond.

Consisting of concrete and brick, its detail was described by Pevsner as ‘playful’ though he was less keen on the four-pillared portico.

April 2015

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Brumby, St Hugh church, Lawrence Bond
Burgh le Marsh, St Peter & St Paul
Burgh le Marsh, St Peter & St Paul
Burgh le Marsh, St Peter & St Paul

Here is a fine example of the Perpendicular period of architecture.

The church of St Peter and St Paul, Burgh-le-Marsh, has outstanding Jacobean woodwork in the pulpit, font cover & north chapel screen.

Jabez Good, village barber, writer, museum curator and much more, carved the lectern in 1874.

Mark Acton, 2008

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Burgh Le Marsh, St Pater & St Paul, Jabez Good, pulpit
Burgh on Bain, St Helen
Burgh on Bain, St Helen
Burgh on Bain, St Helen

Sitting alongside the Louth road, St Helen's, Burgh-on-Bain (pronounced 'Bruff'), has much Victorian work though the tower arch is Norman and the south aisle Early English.

There are many Victorian texts on carved scrolls – most unusual.

See a good monument by Scheemakers under the tower.

July 2012

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Burgh on Bain, St Helen church
Burringham, St John Baptist
Burringham, St John Baptist
Burringham, St John Baptist

This brick church was built in 1874 by the 'rogue' architect Samuel Sanders Teulon.

St. John the Baptist, Burringham, has his trademark style of multi-coloured bricks; red and black outside, yellow, red and black on the inside.

It is now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

Mark Acton, 2008
Burringham, church, Teulon,
Burton by Lincoln, St Vincent
Burton by Lincoln, St Vincent
Burton by Lincoln, St Vincent

The tower of St Vincent’s was built in 1678, but reused a 12th century doorway.   Much of the rest of the church dates from 1795.

The west gallery has a fireplace, installed for the comfort of the 6th Baron Monson!

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Burton By Lincoln, St Vincent, Lord Monson
Burton Coggles, St Thomas Becket
Burton Coggles, St Thomas Becket
Burton Coggles, St Thomas Becket

The sturdy tower and the short broach spire are early 13th century, while the south aisle and clerestory are both 14th century in date.

The interior is spacious with high 14th century arcades.

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May 2015

Burton Coggles, St Thomas Becket
Burton Pedwardine, St Andrew
Burton Pedwardine, St Andrew
Burton Pedwardine, St Andrew

The church of St Andrew was built by Charles Kirk of Sleaford in 1870-71, though some of the north transept was retained.

It has a small but ornate bellcote.

Inside are some fragments of notable Anglo-Saxon sculpture in the form of interlace patterns.

September 2013

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Burton Pedwardine, St Andrew church
Burton upon Stather, St Andrew
Burton upon Stather, St Andrew
Burton upon Stather, St Andrew

St Andrew’s, Burton-upon-Stather, has a fine Norman north arcade.

Much of the rest of the church is from the Early English period though much restored by Edward Browning in 1865. This includes the nave windows with their flowing tracery in Decorated style.

There are monuments inside to the Sheffields of Normanby.

April 2015

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Burton upon Stather, St Andrew, Edward Browning, Sheffield
Burwell, St Michael
Burwell, St Michael
Burwell, St Michael

Lying above the village and built into the side of the Wold, St Michael's church, Burwell, is built partly in Spilsby sandstone and partly in brick.

It has a Norman chancel arch which is the oldest feature, Perpendicular (Georgian brick-topped) tower and signs of a vanished south aisle.

It is now in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Mark Acton, 2008

 

Burwell, church, norman, perpendicular,
Buslingthorpe, St Michael
Buslingthorpe, St Michael
Buslingthorpe, St Michael

St Michael's was built by E J Willson in 1835 in yellow brick (in Flemish Bond), but with a medieval tower.

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Buslingthorpe, St Michael church, E J Willson
Butterwick, St Andrew
Butterwick, St Andrew
Butterwick, St Andrew

St Andrew, Butterwick, is a 'delightful amalgam of stone and brick' (Thorold¹).

It has a Georgian brick tower and Tudor brick clerestory, but the rest is much patched-up and rebuilt with some Early English work.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Mark Acton, 2011
Butterwick, church, georgian, tudor, early english,
Cabourne, St Nicholas
Cabourne, St Nicholas
Cabourne, St Nicholas

On the A46 between Caistor and Grimsby, St Nicholas's church in Cabourne has a Norman tower, western doorway and font.

There is a surviving Early English lancet window in the chancel though most of the windows date to a Victorian restoration.

Mark Acton, 2008

 

Cabourne, church, norman, early english, victorian,
Cadney, All Saints
Cadney, All Saints
Cadney, All Saints

The chancel with its lancet windows is Early English work of the 13th century.

The 14th century south aisle was partly rebuilt by Sir Charles Nicholson in his 1912 restoration.

The tower of All Saints’, built of ironstone, is 13th century (in its lower stages) as is the chancel.

The east window dates from the 1912 restoration.

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February 2015

Cadney, All Saints church, Sir Charles Nicholson
Caenby, St Nicholas
Caenby, St Nicholas
Caenby, St Nicholas

This redundant church of St. Nicholas at Caenby belonged to the Bishop of Lincoln at Domesday.

It was granted to Barlings Abbey in the 13th century by William Lomgspe and confirmed by his widow, Matilda.

It was entire in 1752 but rebuilt in 1795 and remodelled in 1869.  Nattes drew it in his collection of Lincolnshire Churches.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

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Caenby, St Nicholas church
Caistor, St Peter & St Paul
Caistor, St Peter & St Paul
Caistor, St Peter & St Paul

View of St Peter and St Paul at Caistor from the north-east approach path.

June 2008

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Caistor, St Peter & St Paul church
Calceby, St Andrew
Calceby, St Andrew
Calceby, St Andrew

The chalk remains of the church of St Andrew, Calceby, (TF389757) stand among the lumps and bumps of the deserted medieval village.

It is one of eight medieval villages on the eastern side of the Wolds marked on the OS Explorer maps.

Frank Robinson, 2009

Calceby, church,
Cammeringham, St Michael
Cammeringham, St Michael
Cammeringham, St Michael

This view of St Michael’s from the west shows the prominent bellcote attached to a relatively small nave and chancel.

The former Norman arcade can be seen in outline within the present north wall (to the left).

June 2008

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Cammeringham, St Michael, Norman arcade, bellcote
Candlesby, St Benedict
Candlesby, St Benedict
Candlesby, St Benedict

St Benedict, Candlesby, was built in 1838 by the architect Edward D. Rainey of Spilsby and altered by Eley White* in 1897.

It is built of yellow brick.

*Eley Emlyn White (1853-1900) was a London architect in partnership with John Christopher who built and restored a number of churches.

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Mark Acton, 2016



Candlesby, St Benedict, Eley Emlyn White, Edward D Rainey
Careby, St Stephen
Careby, St Stephen
Careby, St Stephen

A large church in a tiny village. St Stephen’s, Careby, has an early thirteenth-century tower and a Norman chancel.The nave arcades and clerestory are Perpendicular.

There is an unusual Victorian vaulted pitch-pine roof.

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Mark Acton 2017

Careby, St Stephen
Carlby, St Stephen
Carlby, St Stephen
Carlby, St Stephen

St Stephen’s has much Early English work, including the nave arcades of c1200.

The tower with its broach spire is 13th century, while the windows of the aisles, chancel and clerestory date from the 14th and 15th centuries.

September 2014

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Carlby, St Stephen
Carlton Scroop, St Nicholas
Carlton Scroop, St Nicholas
Carlton Scroop, St Nicholas

The lower stage of the tower of St Nicholas’s is 12th century, and there is a wide Norman arch to the nave.

Much of the interior is 13th century including the tall chancel arch.

The east window has some fine early 14th century stained glass.

August 2012

Carlton Scroop, St Nicholas, Norman arch
Carlton le Moorland, St Mary
Carlton le Moorland, St Mary
Carlton le Moorland, St Mary

St Mary's church in Carlton-le-Moorland is largely a late sixteenth-century building and thus a rarity. The chancel, though, is from the Decorated period.

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October 2016



Carlton le Moorland, St Mary
Carrington, St Paul
Carrington, St Paul
Carrington, St Paul

St Paul’s was built in 1816 and was probably designed by Jeptha Pacey, who was responsible for a number of other churches in the area.

The church is brick built, with wide overhanging eaves and a cupola at the west end.  The small chancel was added in 1872.

March 2013

Carrington, St Paul, Jeptha Pacey, cupola
Cherry Willingham, St Peter& St Paul
Cherry Willingham, St Peter& St Paul
Cherry Willingham, St Peter& St Paul

One of the best Georgian churches in Lincolnshire, St Peter and St Paul church in Cherry Willingham was built in 1753.

It is stone built and Classical with a pedimented west front. There is a fine Georgian reredos inside.

Mark Acton

Cherry Willingham, georgian, classical,
Claxby (West Lindsey), St Mary
Claxby (West Lindsey), St Mary
Claxby (West Lindsey), St Mary

Much of the ironstone church of St Mary’s is 13th century, though there was extensive restoration by James Fowler in 1871.

The stained glass, the reredos and the east wall paintings all date from then.

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Claxby West Lindsey, St Mary church, ironstone, James Fowler
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew
Claxby by Alford, St Andrew

This small church of 1846 is built of local pale yellow brick with ashlar dressings and consists of chancel, nave, vestry and western bell-cote.

Declared redundant in 1990, and currently used by a taxidermist!

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September 2015

Claxby-East-Lindsey, St Andrew church,
Clixby, All Hallows
Clixby, All Hallows
Clixby, All Hallows

All that remains of the village of Clixby is the church of All Hallows, which consists of the chancel only of the medieval church.

Hodgson Fowler restored the building  in 1889, adding the west porch and  incorporating the 13th century west door.

The church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

May 2011

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Clixby, All Hallows church, Hodgson Fowler, Churches Conservation Trust
Coates by Stow, St Edith
Coates by Stow, St Edith
Coates by Stow, St Edith

Tiny and found amongst farm buildings, St. Edith's church in Coates-by-Stow, has Norman windows in the chancel, transitional doorways and a Perpendicular rood screen complete with loft.

It was restored by one of the more sensitive Victorian architects.

August 2013

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Coates By Stow, St Edith, rood screen loft
Cold Hanworth, All Saints
Cold Hanworth, All Saints
Cold Hanworth, All Saints

All Saints’ was built in 1861 by J Croft of Islington in High Victorian Gothic style.

This small steep-roofed building with its traceried windows has a west tower with a highly ornamented octagonal belfry and spire.

The church was declared redundant in 1980 and is now a private house.

June 2013

Cold Hanworth, All Saints, J Croft of Islington
Coleby (Kesteven), All Saints
Coleby (Kesteven), All Saints
Coleby (Kesteven), All Saints

Coleby All Saints’ has a Saxon and Norman tower with a crocketed Perpendicular spire.

The interior has Norman and Early English arcades and an Early English chancel.

The south doorway and the font are fine examples of Norman work.

June 2012

Coleby, All Saints, Ketseven, spire, Saxon tower
Colsterworth, St John Baptist
Colsterworth, St John Baptist
Colsterworth, St John Baptist

Colsterworth was the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton - or at least the adjoining hamlet of Woolsthorpe.

The church of the St John the Baptist is a mixture of Norman, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular work. The chancel though is by James Fowler in 1876.

The Victorians with their usual sensitivity installed an organ which largely obscured a Newton family monument and sundial carved by Isaac at the age of 9. There are plans to remove the organ

Mark Acton, 2017


Colsterworth, St John Baptist, Isaac Newton
Coningsby, St Michael
Coningsby, St Michael
Coningsby, St Michael

The church of St Michael in Coningsby has a tall ashlar-faced west tower and shows both Decorated with Perpendicular styles.

The polygonal apse and clerestory were added in 1870. It is notable for its large single-handed clock.

August 2013

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Coningsby, St Michael church, one handed clock
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter
Conisholme, St Peter

St Peter’s consists of nave, western bell-cote (in red brick) and chancel, and was much restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.

September 2012

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Conisholme, St Peter church
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist

The church of St John the Evangelist in Corby Glen is largely Perpendicular work though the north aisle is from the Decorated period.

The building is famous for its medieval wall paintings discovered in 1939.

Mark Acton, 2014

Corby Glen, St John Evangelist church
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

The lower stage of the tall west tower of St Lawrence is 11th century, with customary twin bell-openings with mid-wall shafts.

Inside, the nave arcades are Norman (north) and Early English (south).

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Corringham, St Laurence, Norman arcades, twin bell openings
Covenham St Bartholomew
Covenham St Bartholomew
Covenham St Bartholomew

St Bartholomew’s is largely of chalk and dates from the late 14th century. Originally cruciform, the building now lacks its north transept.

The slate-covered tower and the porch are perhaps 15th century.  Declared redundant in 1981.

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June 2015

Covenham St Bartholomew, church, chalk, slate
Covenham St Mary
Covenham St Mary
Covenham St Mary

St Mary’s is essentially a 14th century building.

The slender tower of St Mary’s is built of chalk and ironstone.

The lower stage is 15th century, while the bell stage is 19th century work.

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June 2015

Covenham St Mary, church, chalk ironstone
Creeton, St Peter
Creeton, St Peter
Creeton, St Peter

St Peter’s, Creeton, is attractively sited on a hillside and dates mostly from the late thirteenth century. The chancel arch though is late twelfth century.

Open to visitors and obviously well cared for. This should be an example to other churches.

Mark Acton, 2017

Creeton, St Peter
Croft, All Saints
Croft, All Saints
Croft, All Saints

All Saints, Croft, is a fine greenstone church largely dating from the Decorated & Perpendicular periods.

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May 2016



Croft, All Saints church
Crosby, St George
Crosby, St George
Crosby, St George

Crosby is one of the five parishes which make up the urban area of Scunthorpe

St George’s is a large red brick (English Bond) building of 1914-24 by H C Corlette*, who also built St Paul's church at nearby Ashby.

There are tall lancet windows throughout and a bellcote at the east end of the south aisle.

Apart from some contrasting limestone dressings, the church is disappointingly plain.

* Hubert Christian Corlette (1869-1956), OBE, ARIBA

April 2015

Crosby, St George church, H C Corlette
Crowland, Croyland Abbey
Crowland, Croyland Abbey
Crowland, Croyland Abbey

The Benedictine monastery was largely destroyed following the Dissolution.  Still standing are the impressive remains of the nave west front with the present church, Croyland Abbey, being the north aisle.

The church has a huge west window, and a graceful interior with a vaulted roof.

July 2011

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Crowland, Croyland Abbey, Benedictine abbey
Crowle, St Oswald
Crowle, St Oswald
Crowle, St Oswald

Much of the architecture of St Oswald's dates from the 12th to the 15th century.

The earliest part of the building is the Norman south and west walls of the nave.

August 2015

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Crowle, St Oswald church
Croxby, All Saints
Croxby, All Saints
Croxby, All Saints

The church of All Saints in the Wolds hamlet of Croxby is easily missed but worth the effort of finding.

It has lost both the Norman south arcade and late thirteenth-century north arcade.

The font and chancel arch are Norman.

See also some old bench-ends.

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 June 2014

Croxby, All Saints
Cumberworth, St Helen
Cumberworth, St Helen
Cumberworth, St Helen

St Helen's has been redundant for several years and is now surrounded by large trees and invasive shrubbery.

The church dates from 1838, though the early 13th century priest's doorway survives and there is also original work in the south doorway and a window from the Perpendicular and Decorated periods.

The polygonal leaded bell-turret of St Helen's, dating from 1838, looks more modern.

August 2013

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Cumberworth, St Helen church
Cuxwold, St Nicholas
Cuxwold, St Nicholas
Cuxwold, St Nicholas

The squat tower of St Nicholas’s church dates from the 11th century, as does the arch to the nave.

James Fowler restored the church in 1860, adding windows in early 14th century style, but retaining the 12th century chancel arch.

May 2009

Cuxwold, St Nicholas church
Dalby, St Lawrence & Bishop Edward King
Dalby, St Lawrence & Bishop Edward King
Dalby, St Lawrence & Bishop Edward King

The church was built in Decorated style by James Fowler in 1862, and some of his design drawings are displayed inside.

The interior also has two 17th century monuments from an earlier building.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

Dalby, St Lawrence & Bishop Edward King, James Fowler
Deeping St James
Deeping St James
Deeping St James

Externally, the large 15th century windows might suggest a church that is Perpendicular throughout.

However, St James’ was once part of a medieval Priory, and the interior has an impressive late 12th century arcade, described by Pevsner as ‘astounding’.

September 2014

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Deeping St James,
Dembleby, St Lucia
Dembleby, St Lucia
Dembleby, St Lucia

Charles Kirk of Sleaford was the architect for the rebuilding of St Lucia in 1868.

The chancel arch is original Late Norman work and has waterleaf capitals.

September 2013

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Dembleby, St Lucia church, Charles Kirk
Denton, St Andrew
Denton, St Andrew
Denton, St Andrew

St Andrew’s in Denton has a Transitional north doorway but is otherwise in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles.

The spacious interior contains numerous hatchments & monuments – one of 1602 to John Blyth but mostly to members of the Welby family.

Mark Acton, 2014

Denton, St Andrew, Welby, John Blyth
Digby, St Thomas Martyr
Digby, St Thomas Martyr
Digby, St Thomas Martyr

The church of St Thomas Becket in Digby contains architecture from many periods.

There is Saxon long-and-short work at the south-east corner of the nave, a Norman south doorway, Early English & Decorated arcades and a chancel rebuilt in 1881.

The interior has old bench-ends & a Jacobean pulpit.

Mark Acton, 2014

Digby, St Thomas Martyr church, Jacobean pulpit
Doddington, St Peter
Doddington, St Peter
Doddington, St Peter

The church of St Peter in Doddington is sited next to the late Elizabethan Hall.

It is a wonderful Gothic rebuild of 1771-5 with only part of the old north aisle remaining. The west tower has touches of Strawberry Hill Gothick.

Mark Acton, 2009

Doddington,
Donington on Bain, St Andrew
Donington on Bain, St Andrew
Donington on Bain, St Andrew

The church of St Andrew, Donington-on-Bain, has a Norman tower and font.

The chancel arch and lancet windows are Early English. Traces remain of the lost north aisle.

There is an early seventeenth-century brass inscription to ‘the learned prudent pious Thomas Kent’.

Mark Acton, 2012

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Donington On Bain, St Andrew, Thomas Kent
Dorrington, St James & St John
Dorrington, St James & St John
Dorrington, St James & St John

Lying half a mile north of Dorrington village centre, the church of St. James and St. John has a severe ashlar-faced tower.

Most of the church is from the Decorated period whilst the nave clerestory is Perpendicular.

A 13th century sculpture of the Last Judgement can be seen outside, above the east window.

Mark Acton, 2007

Dorrington, church,
Dry Doddington, St James
Dry Doddington, St James
Dry Doddington, St James

The early fourteenth-century tower of St James, Dry Doddington, leans at an angle of 5.1° (more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa).

North & south arcades are circa 1300.

The nave & chancel exterior walls are from the 1876-77 restoration.

Mark Acton, 2015

Dry Doddington, St James, PIsa
Dunholme, St Chad
Dunholme, St Chad
Dunholme, St Chad

This is a completely Early English church, except for Decorated features in the north aisle and windows introduced in the Victorian period.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

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Dunholme, St Chad
Dunston, St Peter
Dunston, St Peter
Dunston, St Peter

The west tower of St Peter’s at Dunston is 12th century.

R H Carpenter rebuilt the rest of the church in 1874-6, but retained the medieval north arcade and the south porch entrances.

August 2011

Dunston, St Peter, R H Carpenter
Eagle, All Saints
Eagle, All Saints
Eagle, All Saints

All Saints, Eagle, has an Early English tower. The rest was built in 1903-04 to the design of J. T. Lee.

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Mark Acton, 2016



Eagle, All Saints, J T Lee
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary

St Mary’s, East Barkwith, has a Victorian north aisle and chancel. The rest is Perpendicular.

There is a statuette of the Virgin in a niche above the porch doorway. The font is Ornate Perpendicular.

Christopher Turnor (1840-1914), squire of Panton and owner of much of the land in East Bartkwith, made the Arts and Crafts style pulpit.

Mark Acton, 2012

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East Barkwith, St Mary church, Christopher Turnor, pulpit
East Butterwick, St Andrew
East Butterwick, St Andrew
East Butterwick, St Andrew

A small red brick building on the southern edge of the Trentside village.

September 2011

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East Butterwick, St Andrew
East Halton, St Peter
East Halton, St Peter
East Halton, St Peter

St Peter’s, East Halton, lies close to the Humber estuary. Its chancel is Early English, the rest is Decorated.

The various building materials blend into an attractive exterior.

July 2014

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East Halton, St Peter church
East Keal, St Helen
East Keal, St Helen
East Keal, St Helen

St Helen’s was completely rebuilt externally in 1853 by Stephen Lewin.  The style is Early English, with plate tracery in the windows and an imposing tower.

The nave interior retains its 13th century Early English arcades.

July 2014

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East Keal, St Helen church, Stephen Lewin
East Ravendale, St Martin
East Ravendale, St Martin
East Ravendale, St Martin

An off-the-peg Fowler of Louth church of 1857, St Martin’s in East Ravendale sits next to the village school by the same architect.

The lancet windows with stained glass (one by Burne-Jones and the east window by Kempe) suggests a gloomy interior though there is no sign of how to find a key.

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Mark Acton, 2014

East Ravendale, St Martin
East Stockwith, St Peter
East Stockwith, St Peter
East Stockwith, St Peter

St Peter’s stands close to the River Trent, and was built in 1846 by T Johnson in Early English style.

It has double-skin walls constructed of stone on the outside and brick inside.

May 2010

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East Stockwith, St Peter church, T Johnson, double skin walls
East Torrington, St Michael
East Torrington, St Michael
East Torrington, St Michael

The little church of St Michael, East Torrington, is accessed through a farmyard and a garden.

It is the 1848 work of the ‘rogue’ architect S. S. Teulon, though only the crocketed buttresses for the gable of the bellcote show signs of his eccentricity.

July 2012

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East Torrington, St Michael, S S Teulon, bellcote
Eastoft, St Bartholomew
Eastoft, St Bartholomew
Eastoft, St Bartholomew

Eastoft St Bartholomew was built in 1855 by J L Pearson at the expense of Lady Strickland.

The building has elegant lancet windows and a steeply pitched roof.

Pevsner described the church as 'modest and dignified'.

August 2015

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Eastoft, St Bartholomew church, Lady Strickland, J L Pearson
Eastville, St Paul
Eastville, St Paul
Eastville, St Paul

St Paul’s Church, Eastville. Two miles to the north of the station. Yellow mixed with red brick. Architect John C. Carter.  Consecrated in 1840.

Postcard, 1930s

Eastville, St Paul, John C Carter
Edlington, St Helen
Edlington, St Helen
Edlington, St Helen

St Helen’s has a tower arch that dates from circa 1100, and a 13th century arcade built into the north wall of the nave.

Much of the church, however, dates from the extensive restoration by James Fowler in 1860.

June 2013

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Edlington, St Helen church, James Fowler
Elsham, All Saints
Elsham, All Saints
Elsham, All Saints

The church of All Saints in Elsham is largely the work of W. Scott Champion in 1874.

The Norman tower arch survives along with a Saxon opening above it.

Other medieval survivals include a Transitional doorway in the chancel and a Decorated south window in the nave.

Mark Acton, 2015

Elsham, All Saints church, W Scott Champion
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

Much of St Andrew's is Perpendicular, but the chancel is Decorated and the arcades Early English.

On the S side of the chancel is the box grave of Samuel Wesley, who was rector here for 39 years until his death in 1735.

Here, his son John Wesley, on a visit to his birthplace in 1742, stood on his father's grave to preach to the townspeople.

August 2015

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Epworth, St Andrew church, John Wesley, Samuel Wesley
Evedon, St Mary
Evedon, St Mary
Evedon, St Mary

St Mary’s has a squat tower with a large Victorian west window.  The church interior retains its 13th century north arcade and chancel arch.

In the nave and chancel are some fine 17th and 18th century monuments.

October 2011

Evedon, St Mary church
Faldingworth, All Saints
Faldingworth, All Saints
Faldingworth, All Saints

The tower of All Saints’ at Faldingworth is fourteenth century.

In 1890, Charles Hodgson Fowler added the broach spire and rebuilt the rest of the church in Decorated style.

Fowler (1840-1910), born in Nottingham, was one time architect to Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Diocese.

February 2012

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Faldingworth, All Saints church, Charles Hodgson Fowler
Farforth, St Peter
Farforth, St Peter
Farforth, St Peter

Built in 1861, St Peter’s has lancet windows to nave and chancel, and a bell-cote at the west end.

Inside is a reused 13th century chancel arch and a 15th century font.

Sheep graze in the churchyard.  This an isolated and beautiful part of the Wolds.

September 2006

Farforth, St Peter church lancet windows
Farlesthorpe, St Andrew
Farlesthorpe, St Andrew
Farlesthorpe, St Andrew

Accessed through a farmyard, St Andrews, Farlesthorpe has a stone-built but brick-faced nave of 1800.

The chancel dates from 1912.

August 2013

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Farlesthorpe, St Andrew
Fenton, All Saints
Fenton, All Saints
Fenton, All Saints

All Saints, Fenton, has a fine Perpendicular tower of grey ashlar. The two bay north arcade is Norman. The chancel is a rebuild of 1838.

Good pews, some with original poppyheads.

Mark Acton, 2016

Fenton, All Saints church, poppyhead
Fillingham, St Andrew
Fillingham, St Andrew
Fillingham, St Andrew

St Andrew’s was rebuilt in the 18th century and restored in 1866, possibly by George Gilbert Scott.  The nave has 14th century arcades built into the N and S walls.

The church reformer John Wycliffe was rector here in the 1360s.

May 2011

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Fillingham, St Andrew church, John Wycliffe, George Gilbert Scott
Firsby, St Andrew
Firsby, St Andrew
Firsby, St Andrew

St Andrew's church, built in 1856, is the work of G. E. Street*.

* George Edmund Street (1824-1881) was a leading architect in the Victorian Gothic revival. He built many churches and is best known for the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London, a far cry from Firsby.

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May 2016



Firsby, St Andrew church, G E Street
Fishtoft, St Guthlac
Fishtoft, St Guthlac
Fishtoft, St Guthlac

Proof of Marshland wealth in the fifteenth-century, the church of St Guthlac in Fishtoft is externally Perpendicular.

The chancel is remodelled Norman, the south arcade is Decorated, and the north is Perpendicular. There are old screens.

Mark Acton, 2011

 

Fishtoft, Perpendicular, Norman, Decorated,
Fiskerton, St Clement
Fiskerton, St Clement
Fiskerton, St Clement

The north side of St Clement’s at Fiskerton is close to the main street.

The prominent Perpendicular tower with unusual hexagonal clasping buttresses encloses a round tower of possible 11th century date.

It is the only round tower in Lincolnshire.

September 2008

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Fiskerton, St Clement, hexagonal clasping buttresses, round tower
Flixborough, All Saints
Flixborough, All Saints
Flixborough, All Saints

All Saints in Flixborough was built to the design of C Hodgson Fowler in 1886.

Mark Acton, April 2015

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Flixborough, All Saints church, C Hodgson Fowler
Folkingham, St Andrew
Folkingham, St Andrew
Folkingham, St Andrew

St Andrew's church is ashlar-faced except for the ironstone chancel.

This view from the south-east shows the Decorated tracery of the south aisle windows.

The chancel is late thriteenth century with geometrical tracery.  It was renewed by Kirk & Parry, Sleaford architects, in 1857.

September 2013

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Folkingham, St Andrew, Kirk & Parry
Foston, St Peter
Foston, St Peter
Foston, St Peter

Much of St Peter’s at Foston dates from the late 12th and early 13th centuries.  The chancel arch is Norman with zig-zag decoration.

The tower, the arcades and the tower arch are Early English.

The aisles date from the restoration of 1858 by Charles Kirk of Sleaford.

August 2012

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Foston, St Peter church, Charles Kirk
Fotherby, St Mary
Fotherby, St Mary
Fotherby, St Mary

St Mary’s was built by James Fowler in 1863 to replace an earlier church. The style throughout is Early English.

The three-stage tower has plate tracery at the belfry stage and carries a sturdy broach spire.

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April 2016

Fotherby, St Mary church, James Fowler
Frampton, St Mary
Frampton, St Mary
Frampton, St Mary

The stout tower of St Mary’s is late 12th century at its base, and carries an impressive Early English broach spire.

Much of the interior of the church is Early English or Decorated in style, with a fine five-light Decorated window in the south transept.

The church was restored by Hodgson Fowler in 1890.

September 2011

Frampton, St mary church, Hodgson Fowler
Freiston, St James
Freiston, St James
Freiston, St James

St James in Freiston is, typically for the area, externally in the Perpendicular style.

Inside, though, is a long Norman nave with a thirteenth-century extension to the west. The east end originally led to a crossing and choir, demolished after after Dissolution; this was a Benedictine Priory.

The chapels have old screens, the fifteenth-century font has its original canopied cover.

Mark Acton, 2011

Freiston, Perpendicular, Norman, Benedictine,
Friesthorpe, St Peter
Friesthorpe, St Peter
Friesthorpe, St Peter

St. Peter in Friesthorpe is basically medieval but was rebuilt in 1841 by Young of Lincoln.

Inside is a plaque in commemoration of the rector, Rev. Beechey who lost five sons in WW1.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Friesthorpe, medieval, Beechey, Young,
Friskney, All Saints
Friskney, All Saints
Friskney, All Saints

Originally built in the late 12th century with additions made up to the 15th.

Restored by W Butterfield in 1879.

Postcard: c1930

Friskney, All Saints church, W Butterfield
Frithville, St Peter
Frithville, St Peter
Frithville, St Peter

St Peter’s is a small brick building with a pedimented west front and an overhanging roof with an hexagonal cupola.

It was built in 1821, probably by Jeptha Pacey, who was responsible for a number of churches in this part of the county.

March 2013

Frithville, Jeptha Pacey, hexagonal cupola
Frodingham, St Lawrence
Frodingham, St Lawrence
Frodingham, St Lawrence

St Lawrence’s, Frodingham, is the mother church of what is now Scunthorpe.

To the old church, containing work from the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular periods, Sir Charles Nicholson added a new nave and chancel on the north side in 1913.

The tower possible dates from the 12th century.

Mark Acton, April 2015

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Frodingham, St Lawrence church, Charles Nicholson
Fulbeck, St Nicholas
Fulbeck, St Nicholas
Fulbeck, St Nicholas

The church of St Nicholas, Fulbeck, lies in one of Lincolnshire's prettiest Villages together with notable Manor and House.

The tower and nave with clerestory are in the Perpendicular style whilst the arcades date from c1300.

There are many monuments to the Fane family, still resident in the village.

Mark Acton

Fulbeck, Fane, Perpendicular, c1300,
Fulletby, St Andrew
Fulletby, St Andrew
Fulletby, St Andrew

St Andrew’s largely dates from the restoration by (Joseph) Maughan and (James) Fowler in 1857.

Nave and chancel have lancet widows throughout, and there is a bell-cote at the west end.

Inside is a restored 14th century sedilia.

September 2006

Fulletby, Maughan & Fowler, St Andrew church, sedilia
Fulstow, St Lawrence
Fulstow, St Lawrence
Fulstow, St Lawrence

St Lawrence’s is an early 13th century church, rebuilt in 1868.

The three bays of the south arcade of the early 13th century building can be seen in the nave wall.

The windows and porch are 19th century, though the Early English inner doorway of the porch has been retained.

The mixed stone (chalk, ironstone, limestone) used in the 19th century reconstruction of the church has given an odd chequer-board effect,

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June 2015

Fulstow, St Lawrence church
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

The 14th century tower has a Perpendicular west window and tall bell openings.

The two vestries flanking the tower are of 1903 by G F Bodley.

February 2014

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Gainsborough, All Saints, G F Bodley
Garthorpe, St Mary
Garthorpe, St Mary
Garthorpe, St Mary

The small red brick church of St Mary was built in 1913 by Wilfrid Bond.

Simple limestone dressings are used at the heads, sills and mullions of windows.

August 2015

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Garthorpe, St Mary church, Wilfrid Bond
Gate Burton, St Helen
Gate Burton, St Helen
Gate Burton, St Helen

St Helen’s lies in parkland not far from Gate Burton Hall.

The church comprises chancel, nave and west tower, and was built by Sir G G Scott in 1866.

Described by Pevsner as a ‘good estate church’.

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September 2015

Gate Burton, St Helen church, Gilbert Giles Scott
Gautby, All Saints
Gautby, All Saints
Gautby, All Saints

This small church (almost hidden by trees) was built in 1754 by Robert Vyner, whose country house once stood nearby.

Within the church are grand memorials to members of the Vyner family.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

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Gautby, Robert Vyner
Gayton le Wold, St Peter
Gayton le Wold, St Peter
Gayton le Wold, St Peter

A small and peaceful church in beautiful Wold country. 

St Peter’s in the hamlet of Gayton-le-Wold is of red brick and dated 1889.

It is virtually identical to Stenigot St Nicholas and is presumably by the same architect.

Mark Acton, 2012

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Gayton Le Wold, St Peter
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen

The fine Fenland church of St Mary Magdalen at Gedney has an Early English tower, 86 ft high and originally intended to carry a stone spire.

The spectacular clerestory of the Perpendicular period has twelve windows, each of three lights under flat four-centred arches.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Gedney, Early english, Perpendicular,
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul
Glentham, St Peter & St Paul

Much of the spacious church interior of St Peter & St Paul dates from the late 13th or 14th centuries.

The tower was built in 1756.

August 2013

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Glentham,
Glentworth, St Michael
Glentworth, St Michael
Glentworth, St Michael

The tower of St Michael's church, though much repaired, retains much of its eleventh century form and building material.

By contrast the nave and chancel, built of similar stone, were totally reconstructed in 1782.

May 2015

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Glentworth, St Michael church
Goltho, St George
Goltho, St George
Goltho, St George

This redundant church stands isolated in a field and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Although some of the brick bonds are similar to those of Tattershall Castle, the roof timber joints have been dated to post - 1500 and it is possible that it was rebuilt when the Grantham family bought the estate in 1530.

Goltho,
Gosberton Clough, St Gilbert & St Hugh
Gosberton Clough, St Gilbert & St Hugh
Gosberton Clough, St Gilbert & St Hugh

This small, attractive church was built in 1902-04 by Bucknall & Comper.

The nave is timber framed with pebble-dashed facing.

The wooden windows are Perpendicular in style.

September 2011

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Gosberton Clough, St Gilbert & St Hugh church, Comper Bucknall, timber-framed, pebble dashed
Gosberton, St Peter & St Paul
Gosberton, St Peter & St Paul
Gosberton, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul is a large, cruciform church with evidence of Norman origins.

It has a fine central tower and crocketed spire.

The spacious interior is largely Perpendicular, lit by many fine Perpendicular windows, especially those of the transepts.

September 2011

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Gosberton, St Peter & St Paul church, cruciform
Goulceby, All Saints
Goulceby, All Saints
Goulceby, All Saints

All Saints’ was built on a new site in 1908 by G H Allison of Louth.

Windows with interesting 14th century Perpendicular plate tracery from the earlier church have been reused on the south side.

September 2006

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Goulceby, All Saints church, G H Allison
Goxhill, All Saints
Goxhill, All Saints
Goxhill, All Saints

All Saints, Goxhill is an ashlar-faced building with a Perpendicular tower & clerestoried nave. The Early English chancel was heavily restored in 1878-9.

There is a fifteenth-century wall painting of the crucifixion in the south porch.

Mark Acton, 2015

Goxhill, All Saints church
Grainsby, St Nicholas
Grainsby, St Nicholas
Grainsby, St Nicholas

The chalk tower of St Nicholas is 13th century.  Nave and chancel are much patched and have 19th century windows with brick surrounds.

The oldest part of the building is the early 12th century inner doorway of the porch.

Inside the church is a hatchment of the Haigh family, who once had a grand house nearby.

Frank Robinson, November 2014

Grainsby, St Nicholas church, Haigh
Grainthorpe, St Clement
Grainthorpe, St Clement
Grainthorpe, St Clement

An imposing building with a tall west tower, St Clement’s dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The nave has 4-bay arcades and a 15th century clerestory.

The windows of the chancel are fine examples of Decorated tracery.

June 2015

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Grainthorpe, St Clement church
Grantham, St John (Spittlegate)
Grantham, St John (Spittlegate)
Grantham, St John (Spittlegate)

St John's Church in Station Road is in the former parish of Spittlegate.

It was built by Anthony Salvin in 1840-41.

August 2014

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Grantham, St John Spittlegate, Anthony Salvin
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

St Wulfram’s is famed for its beautiful tower and spire: ‘the finest steeple in England’ in the view of Simon Jenkins.

The interior is spacious, with six bay arcades and wide aisles.

The superb window tracery illustrates the changing styles of the late 13th and 14th centuries.

The screen, reredos and stained glass are Victorian, also the impressive timber roofs by George Gilbert Scott.

April 2011

Grantham, St Wulfram
Grasby, All Saints
Grasby, All Saints
Grasby, All Saints

All Saints’ retains some 13th century work, including the north arcade and the south door (dogtooth in the hoodmould) to the nave.

Much of the church however was rebuilt in Victorian times, notably by Charles Buckeridge in 1869.

Charles Turner (formerly Tennyson), the brother of the famous poet, was rector here from 1835 until his death in 1879.

May 2011

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Grasby, All Saints church, Charles Tennyson Turner, Charles Buckeridge
Grayingham, St Radegunda
Grayingham, St Radegunda
Grayingham, St Radegunda

The oldest part of St Radegund’s is the very broad west tower, the lowest stage of which dates from the late 12th century.

The nave and chancel were rebuilt in 1797, with later alterations by James Fowler in 1870.

May 2010

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Grayingham, St Radegunda church, James Fowler
Great Carlton, St John Baptist
Great Carlton, St John Baptist
Great Carlton, St John Baptist

St John the Baptist at Great Carlton has a 15th century greenstone tower.

James Fowler of Louth rebuilt the rest of the church in 1861, using the style of circa 1300.

The handsome marble and mosaic reredos dates from 1890.

September 2012

Great Carlton, St John Baptist, James Fowler, reredos
Great Humby, chapel
Great Humby, chapel
Great Humby, chapel

This tiny chapel with its mullioned windows and western bell-cote dates from 1682, but was rebuilt and reduced in size in 1754.

The building was originally the private chapel of the now demolished Humby Hall, the then home of the Brownlow family.

April 2012

 

Great Humby, chapel, Brownlow, Humby Hall
Great Limber, St Peter
Great Limber, St Peter
Great Limber, St Peter

St Peter’s has a short, broad tower and a spacious interior with long aisles and nave.

Much of the church is 14th century, including the arcades and chancel arch.

The chancel with its lancet windows is Victorian work by Butterfield, as is the rood screen.

May 2009

Great Limber, St Peter church, Butterfield
Great Ponton, Holy Cross
Great Ponton, Holy Cross
Great Ponton, Holy Cross

The prominent tower of this church was rebuilt in 1519 by the Ellys family, rich wool merchants of the adjecent Ellys Manor.

The chancel arch and arcade are 13th century, the rest is later Perpendicular.
It was restored in 1872.

Great Ponton, Ellys,
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints

Built by W Bassett Smith in 1891, All Saints’ replaced the ‘old church’ SW of the village.

It comprises nave and chancel plus a small bell-cote at the west end of the nave.

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September 2015

Great Steeping, All Saints church, W Bassett Smith
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church

The old church stands alone, south of the present village.

It is a modest brick building, built in 1748, comprising a box-like nave and chancel, with large classical windows and a western bell-turret.

Traces of the medieval church survive.   It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

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Great Steeping, Old Church, Georgian, bell turret
Great&nbspCoates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas

The massive Perpendicular tower of St Nicholas – of ironstone partly clad with limestone dressings – dates from the 14th or 15th century.

July 2014

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Great Coates, St Nicholas
Greatford, St Thomas Becket
Greatford, St Thomas Becket
Greatford, St Thomas Becket

St Thomas a Becket’s is essentially an Early English and Decorated church, though there are traces of 11th century work on the north side.

The fine tower and broach spire date from the late 13th and 14th centuries.

September 2014

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Greatford, St Thomas Becket church
Greetwell, All Saints
Greetwell, All Saints
Greetwell, All Saints

Sited next to a Jacobean Hall, All Saints church, Greetwell, dates largely from the eleventh century.

It has with a rounded Norman chancel arch and the tower is Early English. The apse is perhaps largely down to a restoration of 1899.

September 2012

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Greetwell, All Saints, Norman chancel
Grimoldby, St Edith
Grimoldby, St Edith
Grimoldby, St Edith

A large, impressive greenstone church, St Edith’s is mainly 14th century early Perpendicular work.

The spacious interior has four bay arcades and wide aisles, and is well lit by the Perpendicular clerestory windows.

The fine timber roofs are 16th century.

September 2012

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Grimoldby, St Edith church
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James

The grand scale of St James’, viewed here from the south, reflects the prosperity of medieval Grimsby.

The church comprises nave, chancel, transepts, N and S chapels and an imposing central tower in Perpendicular style.

The spacious interior has a 13th century nave with six-bay arcades, and an arched passageway above.   Much 19th and 20th century restoration has taken place – some following the bomb damage of WW2.

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Grimsby, St James
Gunby, St Peter
Gunby, St Peter
Gunby, St Peter

St Peter's church, built by James Fowler of Louth from 1868-70, looks out on extensive parkland - the medieval village site - to the south of Gunby Hall.

February 2013

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Gunby, St Peter, James Fowler
Gunness, St Barnabas
Gunness, St Barnabas
Gunness, St Barnabas

The church of St Barnabas in Gunness was built post-war to a design by Haynes and Johnson of Brigg.

April 2015

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Gunness, St Barnabas church, Haynes & Johnson
Habrough, St Margaret
Habrough, St Margaret
Habrough, St Margaret

St Margaret’s, Habrough, was built in 1869 probably to the design of R. J. Withers.

The west window by Kempe may be its only redeeming feature.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Habrough, St Margaret church
Haceby, St Margaret
Haceby, St Margaret
Haceby, St Margaret

The stout tower  is Norman in its lower stages.

The nave interior, lit by the clerestory, has a 14th century arcade and south aisle.

Above the simple 11th century chancel arch is a Queen Anne royal arms, and traces of a 15th century  Doom painting.

The building is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

September 2013

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Haceby, St Margaret
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael
Hackthorn, St Michael

St Michael’s was rebuilt in the 1840s with a tall Perpendicular style west tower, while nave and chancel are Decorated in style.  Inside are white walls, richly carved woodwork and a hammer-beam roof.  There is much fine Victorian stained glass.

May 2011

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Hackthorn, St Michael
Hagworthingham, Holy Trinity
Hagworthingham, Holy Trinity
Hagworthingham, Holy Trinity

Off the A158 Lincoln to Skegness road, the small church of Holy Trinity, Hagworthingham, is a greenstone building  of medieval origins  drastically restored by James Fowler of Louth in 1859.

The tower fell down in 1975.

Mark Acton, 2014

Hagworthingham, James Fowler, tower fell down
Hainton, St Mary
Hainton, St Mary
Hainton, St Mary

Hainton has been owned by the Heneage family since the fourteenth century.

The church of St Mary is largely a rebuild of 1848 by E. J. Willson though old masonry was used.

The north chapel houses glorious Heneage monuments from 1435. Twentieth-century Heneages are remembered in the chancel.

Willson built a Roman Catholic chapel in the Hall grounds close by in 1836.

Mark Acton, 2012

Hainton, St Mary church, Roman Catholic, Heneage, Willson
Haltham on Bain, St Benedict
Haltham on Bain, St Benedict
Haltham on Bain, St Benedict

St. Benedict's, Haltham-on-Bain, is of greenstone patched with brick. The south doorway has a Norman tympanum and roll-moulded arch.

The east window is excellent Decorated style. Inside there is a royal arms of Charles I.

This is a country church full of character.

Mark Acton, 2008

Haltham On Bain, St Benedict church, Royal Arms, Charles I, Norman Tympanum, greenstone,
Halton Holegate, St Andrew
Halton Holegate, St Andrew
Halton Holegate, St Andrew

St Andrew, Halton Holegate, is largely Perpendicular and built in greenstone though the tower and east end are the work of James Fowler and G. E. Street in 1866-67.

The interior contains fine choir stalls and bench ends. There is a monument of an early fourteenth-century knight – possibly Sir John de Fenes.

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Mark Acton, 2016




Halton Holegate, St Andrew church, James Fowler, G E Street
Hameringham, All Saints
Hameringham, All Saints
Hameringham, All Saints

All Saints was largely rebuilt by Hodgson Fowler in 1893 using greenstone from the earlier building.

Inside, the three bay arcade c. 1200 has been retained.

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June 2015

Hameringham, All Saints church, Hodgson Fowler
Hannah, St Andrew
Hannah, St Andrew
Hannah, St Andrew

The church of St. Andrew in Hannah features in many books, including Mark Chatfield's 'Churches the Victorians Forgot'.

It was built in 1753 of greenstone (Spilsby Sandstone).

Mark Acton, 2008

Hannah, St Andrew church, Georgian,
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul
Hareby, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter & St Paul, Hareby, seems to be a forgotten building of 1858 in a shrunken Wolds hamlet.

There is a small Decorated niche above the west doorway.

There is work by Eric Gill both on a churchyard cross and also on a memorial tablet inside.

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May 2016




Hareby, St Peter & St Paul, Eric Gill
Harlaxton, St Mary & St Peter
Harlaxton, St Mary & St Peter
Harlaxton, St Mary & St Peter

St Mary & St Peter in Harlaxton has a tower with its lower part in the Decorated style. The rest of the tower and external work of the church is Perpendicular.

The north arcade is Early English, the south possibly Decorated. ‘Grossly over-restored’ according to Pevsner.

There are monuments & hatchments to De Lignes & Gregorys.

Mark Acton, 2014

Harlaxton, St Mary & St Paul, De Ligne, Gregory
Harmston, All Saints
Harmston, All Saints
Harmston, All Saints

All Saints in Harmston has an early Norman tower with a Perpendicular pinnacle top. The rest of the building dates from 1868.

The chancel contains notable eighteenth-century monuments to Sir George and Sir Samuel Thorold.

In the churchyard lies John Willson, killed whilst erecting the statue of George III on top of the Dunston Pillar in 1810.

Mark Acton, 2013

Harmston, All Saints church
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad

St. Chad's church, Harpswell, has an Anglo-Saxon tower, 13th century nave arcade and a 14th century effigy.

An inscription on the tower records the gift of a clock (no longer present) as a thank-offering for the victory of Culloden in 1746.

Mark Acton, 2006

Harpswell, St Chad church, Anglo Saxon tower, clock, Culloden,
Harrington, St Mary
Harrington, St Mary
Harrington, St Mary

The base of the tower and the tower arch of St Mary’s are 13th century.   The rest of the building is the work of  S S Teulon, who rebuilt the church in 1854-5.

Inside is an effigy of a 14th century knight and impressive memorials from the 15th century onwards, to members of the Copledyke and  Amcotts families.

September 2006

Harrington, St Mary church, Teulon, Copledyke, Amcotts
Hatcliffe, St Mary
Hatcliffe, St Mary
Hatcliffe, St Mary

The church of St Mary in Hatcliffe has an old ironstone tower, late twelfth-century south doorway to the nave and a chancel of 1861-2.

The north wall of the nave is confusing but suggests a lost arcade. A cared-for building.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Hatcliffe, St Mary
Hatton, St Stephen
Hatton, St Stephen
Hatton, St Stephen

St Stephen’s was built in 1870 by James Fowler, replacing the medieval church.

Built of red brick with bands of stone, this small building has an apsaidal chancel and a south-east bell turret and spire.

August 2013

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Hatton, St Stephen church
Haugh, St Leonard
Haugh, St Leonard
Haugh, St Leonard

A tiny church on the edge of the Wolds, St Leonard's consists of nave and chancel built largely of chalk and greenstone.

September 2006

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Haugh, St Leonard church, greenstone, chalk
Haugham, All Saints
Haugham, All Saints
Haugham, All Saints

The spire of this church (All Saints) is a 'little brother' of nearby Louth's St James', and was built in the 1840s by W A Nicholson of Lincoln at the expense of the then vicar – a member of the Chaplin family.

The interior remains largely unchanged and there is some original stained glass.

The 'poppy heads' on the ends of the pews are made of cast iron.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Haugham, All Saints church, cast iron, poppy heads, Chaplin
Haxey, St Nicholas
Haxey, St Nicholas
Haxey, St Nicholas

Haxey church, south elevation.

This large impressive church has a Norman north arcade, but the exterior is all Perpendicular in style.

Ken Redmore, 2010

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Haxey, St Nicholas church, Norman
Healing, St Peter & St Paul
Healing, St Peter & St Paul
Healing, St Peter & St Paul

The nave and chancel of St Peter and St Paul were largely rebuilt by James Fowler in 1840.

Inside, though, the 13th century tower arch survives from the medieval church.

Built of limestone ashlar, the three stage tower dates from the 16th or 17th century.

July 2014

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Healing, St Peter & St Paul church, James Fowler
Heapham, All Saints
Heapham, All Saints
Heapham, All Saints

The church of All Saints in Heapham has an Anglo-Saxon tower and doorway in the south wall of the nave.

The chancel and north arcade are Early English.

The font is drum shaped and Norman.

Mark Acton, 2006

Heapham, All Saints, Norman, font,
Heckington, St Andrew
Heckington, St Andrew
Heckington, St Andrew

This magnificent early 14th century church was built on a grand scale, and is described by Henry Thorold¹ as 'One of the glories of Lincolnshire. One of the dozen or so grandest churches of Lincolnshire' .

This view shows the imposing tower and spire and the flowing Decorated tracery of the south window of the south transept.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Frank Robinson, 2011

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Heckington, St Andrew church
Heighington, Chapel of Ease
Heighington, Chapel of Ease
Heighington, Chapel of Ease

This is Heighington's Chapel of Ease before 1863 when it still served as the Boys’ School for local villages.

The Rector feared that it might be mistaken for a Methodist Chapel, at a time when these brick chapels were appearing widely in Lincolnshire, so he had it faced in stone.

He also fitted the building with pews and enhanced it with an east window of stained glass.

Two school rooms for the boys were built on the north side with a connecting door into the Chapel so that the right to the Charity Fund for the boys to be taught in the Chapel of Ease was retained.

The building existed in 1500 and probably long before and was originally thatched. It is still used as Heighington’s Church.

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Heighington, Chapel of ease, school
Hemingby, St Margaret
Hemingby, St Margaret
Hemingby, St Margaret

St. Margaret's church, Hemingby, was built in 1764 and was largely restored in 1895 by William Scorer.

The tower dates from the later period.

Mark Acton, 2008

Hemingby, St Margaret, Georgian, William Scorer,
Hemswell, All Saints
Hemswell, All Saints
Hemswell, All Saints

The tower of All Saints in Hemswell dates from 1764 and the rest of the exterior from 1858.

Inside are an Early English north arcade and Decorated sedilia.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Hemswell, All Saints church
Heydour, St Michael
Heydour, St Michael
Heydour, St Michael

St Michael's church in Heydour has a Decorated tower and nave with an Early English chancel. The clerestory is Perpendicular.

There are fragments of fourteenth-century stained glass.

Notable monuments to the extinct Newton family of Culverthorpe Hall are largely hidden behind the organ.

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Mark Acton, 2016



Heydour, St Michael church, Newton, Culverthorpe Hall
Hibaldstow, St Hibald
Hibaldstow, St Hibald
Hibaldstow, St Hibald

James Fowler rebuilt the nave in 1876, incorporating the 13th century tower arch of the medieval church.

The chancel, by Ewan Christian, dates from 1865. The west tower with its pyramidal roof is of 1958.

The unusual dedication is to the 7th century St Hybald - said to be buried in the church.

Aug 2011

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Hibaldstow, St Hibald
High Toynton, St John Baptist
High Toynton, St John Baptist
High Toynton, St John Baptist

The church of St John the Baptist was rebuilt in greenstone by Ewan Christian in 1872, with lancet and geometrical style windows.

The unusual tower has an octagonal upper storey and short spire.

Within the porch are some lengths of 12th century chevron work.

Sept 2006

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High Toynton, St John Baptist, Ewan Christian
Hogsthorpe, St Mary
Hogsthorpe, St Mary
Hogsthorpe, St Mary

A patchwork of greenstone and brick, St Mary’s in Hogsthorpe is largely Early English in style with a chancel of 1870.

The top of the tower is Perpendicular. Inside can be found a Perpendicular font and Georgian pulpit.

The church is open during the day.

Mark Acton, 2013

Hogsthorpe, St Mary church,
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints

All Saints church in Holbeach is mainly in the Decorated style.

The recessed broach spire, with its four sets of lucarnes, has a total height of 180ft.

The north porch entrance is flanked by a pair of round towers, which seem out of place in a church.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, All Saints, broach, spire,
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints

All Saints retains much medieval work, including the 13th century arcades and the 15th century south aisle and porch.

In the 19th century the chancel was rebuilt, and later restorations by Sir G G Scott (and his son) added the rich furnishings and the beautiful mosaic reredos.

Most of the windows have fine Victorian stained glass.

May 2010

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Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Holton le Moor, St Luke
Holton le Moor, St Luke
Holton le Moor, St Luke

This very peculiar looking church was partially rebuilt by George Place in 1854 and enlarged by Gamble in 1926.

The nave of the original church was rebuilt by Place in 1854 to create this south aisle.

As can be seen, the nave was not extended to form a chancel as planned, though a large Perpendicular window was inserted in the east wall.

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May 2016


 

 



Holton le Moor, St Luke, George Place, Gamble
Honington, St Wilfrid
Honington, St Wilfrid
Honington, St Wilfrid

The church of St Wilfrid, Honington, has a Norman nave with a Perpendicular clerestory.

The long chancel is Early English as is the tower though its top is Perpendicular.

The north-east chapel has monuments to the Hussey family.

Mark Acton, 2013

Honington, St Wilfrid, church, Hussey
Horkstow, St Maurice
Horkstow, St Maurice
Horkstow, St Maurice

St Maurice’s in Horkstow has a pantiled roofed Early English tower.

Also Early English are the nave arcades, chancel arch and parts of the chancel.

The ashlar-faced aisles are the work of R H Fowler in 1895.

Mark Acton, 2015

Horkstow, St Maurice church, R H Fowler
Horncastle, Holy Trinity
Horncastle, Holy Trinity
Horncastle, Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity was built as a chapel of ease to St Mary by Stephen Lewin in 1847.

It is a large church built in yellow brick laid in English bond and in Early English style. The building has chancel, tall clerestoried nave, aisles and a western bellcote.

Declared redundant in 1979, it is currently in use as an antique centre.

May 2015

Horncastle, Holy Trinity church, Stephen Lewin
Horncastle, St Mary
Horncastle, St Mary
Horncastle, St Mary

Known as the oldest standing building in Horncastle, the Church dates back to the 13th century.

The Church illustrates three architectural styles, Early English, Perpendicular and Victorian when it underwent extensive restoration in the nineteenth century.

O.S Grid Ref. TF 25855 69555

Kathy Holland, 2013

Horncastle, St Mary church
Horsington, All Saints
Horsington, All Saints
Horsington, All Saints

All Saints is of red brick with ashlar dressings, and has a red brick tower and broach spire.

The church was built in 1858-60, on a new site nearer to the village, by David Brandon.

The bricks are laid in English Garden Wall bond (3 rows of stretchers between rows of headers)

Aug 2011

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Horsington, All Saints
Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Hough on the Hill, All Saints

The lower part of the tower of All Saints is Anglo-Saxon, with a rare projecting stair turret. (There is a similar one at Broughton in N Lincolnshire – and only two others in the country.)

The tall nave walls are also Saxon in origin with inserted Early English arcades and a 15th century clerestory above.

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Hough on the Hill, All Saints
Hougham, All Saints
Hougham, All Saints
Hougham, All Saints

The lower parts of the tower date from the fourteenth century, the upper probably from the eighteenth.

Windows in the south aisle are of the Decorated period and those in the clerestory above from the later Perpendicular date.

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March 2016



Hougham, All Saints
Humberston, St Peter
Humberston, St Peter
Humberston, St Peter

St Peter’s has a Perpendicular ironstone and limestone tower dating from the 15th century.

Nave and chancel were rebuilt in brick in the early 18th century at the expense of Matthew Humberston, whose monument is inside the church.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

Humberston, St Peter church, Matthew Humberston
Hundleby, St Mary
Hundleby, St Mary
Hundleby, St Mary

St Mary’s was largely rebuilt in 1854, using the greenstone  masonry of the medieval church.

The greenstone tower is largely 19th century, though the west window and the crocketed pinnacles are from the medieval church.

July 2014

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Hundleby, St Mary church
Huttoft, St Margaret
Huttoft, St Margaret
Huttoft, St Margaret

The subject of Sir John Betjeman’s poem ‘A Lincolnshire Church’, St Margaret’s, Huttoft, is a greenstone building with thirteenth-century tower and chancel arch, a Decorated arcade and Perpendicular aisles.

The chancel is eighteenth-century though its windows are Victorian.

Betjeman was surprised to find the church open to visitors – no such luck today.

Mark Acton, August 2013

Huttoft, St Margaret church, Betjeman
Immingham, St Andrew
Immingham, St Andrew
Immingham, St Andrew

St Andrew’s lies in ‘old’ Immingham.

he Tower and clerestory are Perpendicular and the nave thirteenth-century though some Norman work remains.

There are many memorials to ships and seamen lost during the First World War.

July 2014

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Immingham, St Andrew church
Ingham, All Saints
Ingham, All Saints
Ingham, All Saints

Replacing a larger medieval building on the same site, All Saints, Ingham, dates from 1792 but fell prey to Victorian Gothicising in 1896.

To Henry Thorold¹ it was 'devout and devotional, and soaked in prayer'.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Mark Acton, 2009

Ingham, All Saints church,
Ingoldmells, St Peter & St Paul
Ingoldmells, St Peter & St Paul
Ingoldmells, St Peter & St Paul

The church of St Peter and St Paul in Ingoldmells is a pleasant surprise, surrounded as the area is by caravans and shops.

It dates from the thirteenth-century; the only later addition was a Decorated tower with a Perpendicular top.

The chancel was demolished in the early eighteenth-century by the incumbent who was unwilling to pay for its renovation.

Staffed during the summer months, visitors are given a warm welcome and a conducted tour.

Mark Acton, 2011

Ingoldmells, St Peter and St Paul church,
Irby in the Marsh, All Saints
Irby in the Marsh, All Saints
Irby in the Marsh, All Saints

Small but characterful, All Saints, Irby-in-the-Marsh, stands on what passes for a hill in the area.

The tower and nave are Georgian, built on a medieval base.

Mark Acton, 2011

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Irby In The Marsh, All Saints church,
Irby upon Humber, St Humber
Irby upon Humber, St Humber
Irby upon Humber, St Humber

The Humber is actually eight miles away.

St Andrew's in Irby-on-Humber was thoroughly restored by James Fowler of Louth in 1883.

The nave arcades are Norman and the south doorway dates from about 1200.

Mark Acton, 2015

Irby upon Humber, St Andrew church, James Fowler
Keelby, St Bartholomew
Keelby, St Bartholomew
Keelby, St Bartholomew

The Perpendicular ironstone tower of St Bartholomew’s dates from the 14th century.

Nave and chancel have been much restored, most notably in the early 20th century, but the church still has a 13th century south arcade.

July 2014

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Keelby, St Bartholomew church
Kelstern, St Faith
Kelstern, St Faith
Kelstern, St Faith

Attractively sited on a low hill overlooking Kelstern Hall, St Faith’s has a Perpendicular tower, chancel arch and nave south windows.

The north nave wall windows are Decorated.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1886-7.

There is a good alabaster monument to Elizabeth Smith who died in 1604.

Three stained glass windows were designed by Sir Ninian Comper in memory of members of the Sleight family.

Locked with no sign of how to gain entry.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Kelstern, St Faith
Kettlethorpe, St Peter & St Paul
Kettlethorpe, St Peter & St Paul
Kettlethorpe, St Peter & St Paul

Kettlethorpe was the home of the Swynford family, most famous for Katherine who married John of Gaunt.

St Peter and St Paul church has a medieval tower, whilst the main body of the church dates from 1806 with windows of 1895.


Mark Acton, 2008

Kettlethorpe, St Peter and St Paul church, Katherine Swynford, John of Gaunt,
Kingerby, St Peter
Kingerby, St Peter
Kingerby, St Peter

Unrestored thanks to generations of Roman Catholic owners of the Hall.

St Peter's, Kingerby, has a Saxon tower, Early English nave, Decorated chancel and 14th century effigies of knights.

May 2016

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Kingerby, All Saints church
Kirkby on Bain, St Mary
Kirkby on Bain, St Mary
Kirkby on Bain, St Mary

Greenstone and dating from 1802, St Mary’s in Kirkby-on-Bain has window tracery, porch and chancel of 1879-82.

John Betjeman stayed with the Rector’s family in the village and wrote the poem ‘A Lincolnshire Tale’ which mentions Kirkby.

Not easy to gain access.

Mark Acton, 2013

Kirkby on Bain, St Mary church, John Betjeman, greenstone
Kirkby cum Osgodby, St Andrew
Kirkby cum Osgodby, St Andrew
Kirkby cum Osgodby, St Andrew

The Church of St. Andrew, Kirkby-Cum-Osgodby, has an Early English tower and chancel with a 19th century nave.

There are late 14th century tombs to John Wildbore and his wife.

May 2016

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Kirkby Cum Osgodby, St Andrew church, John Wildbore
Kirkby Green, Holy Cross
Kirkby Green, Holy Cross
Kirkby Green, Holy Cross

Holy Cross, Kirkby Green, is a small church built in 1848 though the east end may be a reproduction of its medieval predecessor.

There is west gallery and a thirteenth century piscina shaft.

Mark Acton, 2014

Kirkby Green, Holy Corss
Kirkby la Thorpe, St Denis
Kirkby la Thorpe, St Denis
Kirkby la Thorpe, St Denis

St Denis incorporates work of many periods, the earliest being the Norman south doorway and the Transitional four bay arcade.

The squat tower and north aisle are from the Decorated period.

The chancel with its lancet windows was rebuilt in 1854.

October 2011

Kirkby la Thorpe,
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard
Kirkstead, St Leonard

The chapel of St Leonard was built in 1230-40 near the gates of Kirkstead Abbey, and is said to be one of the finest examples of 13th century architecture in the county.

The interior has a vaulted roof, high quality carving, and a rare wooden screen that is probably as old as the building.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Kirkstead, St Leonard church chapel, Cistercian abbey,
Kirmington, St Helen
Kirmington, St Helen
Kirmington, St Helen

St Helen's church in Kirmington has an ironstone tower from the Early English period, topped by a copper spire of 1838. The rest of the building is mostly the work of S. S. Teulon in 1859.

The Decorated north arcade pier capitals are embellished with busts, heads & grotesques.

Mark Acton, 2015

Kirmington, St Helen church, S S Teulon
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin
Kirmond le Mire, St Martin

St Martin’s was built in 1846 by W  A Nicholson, and financed by the local landowner Christopher Turnor and his tenants.

The building is Early English in style throughout – a more sober design than Nicholson’s other churches in the Wolds.

June 2014

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Kirmond Le Mire, St Martin church, W A Nicholson, Christopher Turnor
Kirton in Lindsey, St Andrew
Kirton in Lindsey, St Andrew
Kirton in Lindsey, St Andrew

St Andrew’s has a Norman doorway in the chancel, but much of the church is Early English, including the late 12th century north arcade and the massive west tower of the 13th century.

The church was much restored in the 19th century.

June 2013

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Kirton Lindsey, St Andrew
Knaith, St Mary
Knaith, St Mary
Knaith, St Mary

St Mary’s Knaith overlooks a bend in the river Trent.

The square building, with walls of the 11th and 14th centuries, is all that remains of the medieval church of Heynings Priory.

Within are a 14th century font, a Jacobean pulpit and pews, and a Victorian canopy over the altar.

May 2008

Knaith, St Mary church, Heynings Priory
Laceby, St Margaret
Laceby, St Margaret
Laceby, St Margaret

St Margaret's church in Laceby has a thirteenth-century tower. The north arcade is Early English save for the central bay which is rebuilt Norman.

The north aisle, chancel, vestry & south porch are from Fowler of Louth's restoration of 1870-71.

Grimsby-born John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583-1604, was Rector here from 1571-76.

Mark Acton, 2015

Laceby, St Margaret church, John Whitgift, John Fowler
Langtoft, St Michael
Langtoft, St Michael
Langtoft, St Michael

With its high nave, large 14th and 15th century windows and its tall steeple, St Michael's is an impressive sight.

Inside, the arcades, chancel and chapel provide fine examples of 13th and 14th century architecture.

September 2014

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Langtoft, St Michael church
Langton by Horncastle, St Margaret
Langton by Horncastle, St Margaret
Langton by Horncastle, St Margaret

Apart from a medieval north wall with evidence of a lost arcade, the church of St Margaret in Langton by Horncastle dates from 1890.

Its font is made up of fragments from Kirkstead Abbey and a former church in Horncastle. The pulpit and lectern were carved by J. Conway Walter, Rector in 1891.

There is a rare chrismatory, used to sprinkle a child with salt and oil before baptism, which was found in a moat.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Langton By Horncastle, St Margaret, Conway Walter, chrismatory, Kirkstead Abbey
Langton by Spilsby, St Peter& St Paul
Langton by Spilsby, St Peter& St Paul
Langton by Spilsby, St Peter& St Paul

The church of St Peter and St Paul at Langton by Spilsby was built in the 1720s.

It still has its original interior, with box pews facing across the nave, three-decker pulpit and west gallery.

John Betjeman rated it "one of the most attractive and interesting churches in Lincolnshire and therefore in England".

Samuel Johnson presumably came here when he visited his friend Bennet Langton, who lived in the former Old Hall in the village.

Frank Robinson, 2009

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Langton By Spilsby, St Peter & St Paul church, box pew, Samuel Johnson, Bennet Langton
Langton by Wragby, St Giles
Langton by Wragby, St Giles
Langton by Wragby, St Giles

A small settlement off the A158 and the birthplace of Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury under King John and a witness to Magna Carta.

St Giles, Langton-by-Wragby, is a building of 1866 with the exception of the Perpendicular tower.

Mark Acton, 2012

Langton by Wragby, St Giles, Stephen Langton
Langworth, St Hugh
Langworth, St Hugh
Langworth, St Hugh

Built in 1960, St Hugh’s is largely a reconstruction of the chapel of Walmsgate Hall - now demolished.

This had been built in 1901 as a memorial to a son of the family. 

Langworth interior has many beautiful art-nouveau furnishings brought from Walmsgate.

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July 2015

Langworth, St Hugh church, Walmsgate Hall
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints

The medieval church with its arcades of the 12th and 13th centuries was transformed in the 1890s thanks to Mrs Meynell-Ingram, a wealthy benefactor.

The chancel was rebuilt by Bodley and Garner in Decorated style and a clerestory was added.  The beautiful painted ceilings, the rood screen and the reredos with its triptych all date from this lavish restoration.

May 2010

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Laughton, All Saints
Leadenham, St Swithin
Leadenham, St Swithin
Leadenham, St Swithin

St Swithin’s with its 15th century spire, makes a fine sight when viewed from the Cliff.

The building is largely 14th century, with a spacious aisled nave and a clerestory above.

There are 19th century fittings, and a chancel roof that was hand painted by Pugin in 1841.

April 2013

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Leadenham, St Swithin church
Legbourne, All Saints
Legbourne, All Saints
Legbourne, All Saints

Much of All Saints is 14th century, though considerable restoration was carried out by Rogers and Marsden in 1865.

The white, chalk building is very striking when viewed from the edge of the Wolds.

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April 2015

Legbourne, All Saints church, Rogers and Marsden, chalk
Legsby, St Thomas
Legsby, St Thomas
Legsby, St Thomas

St Thomas’s church stands alone on the edge of the village.

The church consists of a short tower - with its tall pinnacles, nave and chancel.  The tower and chancel arches are 13th century, but the church has been much altered in Georgian times. 

Inside can be seen an 18th century pulpit with tester, and also a Norman font.

August 2010

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Legsby, St Thomas
Leverton, St Helen
Leverton, St Helen
Leverton, St Helen

St Helen in Leverton, is outstanding even for a marshland church. Typically Perpendicular externally, however the nave arcades are Decorated.

The finest part of the building architecturally is the chancel with its chantry chapel and vaulted sedilia.

The external chancel carvings are magnificent.

Mark Acton, 2011

Leverton, St Helen church, sedilia,
Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral

The west front of the cathedral and the Galilee porch viewed from the Castle wall walk.

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August 2016



Cathedral,
Lincoln, St Benedict
Lincoln, St Benedict
Lincoln, St Benedict

St Benedict's church, on the west side of the High Street below High Bridge, has a late Anglo-Saxon tower with twin bell openings.

Much of the building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. It is the home of the Mothers' Union for the Lincoln Diocese.

The city's principal war memorial stands to the west of the church on the site of the graveyard shown in this photograph.

Postcard, 1905

Lincoln, St Benedict church, Mothers' Union, war memorial,
Lincoln, St Giles
Lincoln, St Giles
Lincoln, St Giles

Built in 1936, St Giles is a copy in red brick of the 18th century church of St Peter-at Arches, demolished a few years earlier.

The building incorporates some masonry and fittings from the
18th century  church (which was close to the centre of Lincoln).

February 2012

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Churches, Lincoln St Giles
Lincoln, St John the Baptist
Lincoln, St John the Baptist
Lincoln, St John the Baptist

The church of St John Baptist, Ermine, Lincoln was designed by local architect Sam Scorer and opened in 1963.

It is one of several structures he created in which the roof shape is a hyperbolic parabola and is constructed in 3-inch reinforced concrete covered in aluminium.

The roof's low points to the north and south originally dipped into pools of water.

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Lincoln, St John the Baptist church, Sam Scorer, hyperbolic parabola,
Lincoln, St Mark
Lincoln, St Mark
Lincoln, St Mark

Built by William Watkins in 1871-2 on High Street close to the St Marks (Midland) Station, this large 13th century style church was demolished in 1971.

It contained some Norman fragments from the original church on this site.

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Lincoln, St Mark, church, William Watkins,
Lincoln, St Mary Le Wigford
Lincoln, St Mary Le Wigford
Lincoln, St Mary Le Wigford

The church of St Mary le Wigford stands on the High Street close to the Central Station.

The tower is Anglo-Saxon and the rest of the church is essentially Early English.

To the west of the church, right alongside the street, is a conduit brought from the Whitefriars in 1540.

Postcard, 1908

Lincoln, St Mary le Wigford church, conduit, Anglo-Saxon, tower, Whitefriars,
Lincoln, St Nicholas
Lincoln, St Nicholas
Lincoln, St Nicholas

The church was built in 1839 - the first of the many churches designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

The building is in Early English style and has a south-west tower with broach spire.

The chancel and the north aisle were added by C H Fowler in 1908.

February 2014

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Churches, Lincoln St Nicholas
Lincoln, St Paul in the Bail
Lincoln, St Paul in the Bail
Lincoln, St Paul in the Bail

The small Georgian church seen here was replaced by a larger church in 1877. This later church survived until 1971 when it was demolished and a public open space created.

Excavation has shown evidence for a succession of churches here, the earliest being timber buildings of possibly the 5th or 6th century.

The site lies within what was the forum of Roman Lincoln.

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Lincoln, St Paul in the Bail, church
Lincoln, St Peter at Arches
Lincoln, St Peter at Arches
Lincoln, St Peter at Arches

St Peter at Arches in Lincoln (c1720) was an early Georgian Church which stood at the junction of the High Street and Silver Street until 1936 when it was moved to Lamb Gardens on the North-East edge of the city and rededicated to St Giles.

Postcard, 1907

Lincoln, St Peter at Arches church, St Giles,
Lincoln, St Swithin
Lincoln, St Swithin
Lincoln, St Swithin

St Swithin’s is one of the grandest of James Fowler’s churches.   Work began with the nave and aisles in 1869, the tower being finally completed in 1887.

The building, which shows  Decorated and Early English styles, was largely funded by local industrialists Clayton and Shuttleworth and their families.

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Churches, St Swithin, James Fowler, Clayton, Shuttleworth
Lincoln, Bracebridge, All Saints
Lincoln, Bracebridge, All Saints
Lincoln, Bracebridge, All Saints

Now within Lincoln, Bracebridge All Saints has an Anglo-Saxon nave, with long and short quoins.

Inside, the tall narrow Saxon chancel arch is also notable. The north chapel was built by J L Pearson, 1874-75.

Mark Acton, 2010

Lincoln, Bracebridge, All Saints church, Pearson, Saxon,
Linwood, St Cornelius
Linwood, St Cornelius
Linwood, St Cornelius

A rare dedication to St Cornelius, Linwood’s church has an Early English nave, Perpendicular tower & spire and a chancel dating to 1854.

There are two brasses; one of 1419 to John Lyndewode & his wife with their seven children below and the other to their son John, of 1421, who is depicted standing on woolpack (the family were wool merchants).

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September 2016


Linwood, St Cornelius
Lissington, St John Baptist
Lissington, St John Baptist
Lissington, St John Baptist

The church of St John Baptist is a long low Georgian building of 1796, comprising nave with bell-cote and chancel.

The simple interior has white walls, brick arches, an open chancel screen and 19th century fittings.

August 2010

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Lissington, St John Baptist
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard
Little Bytham, St Medard

Little Bytham’s church is a rare dedication to St Medard, sixth-century Bishop of Noyon in France. There is some surviving Anglo-Saxon work.

The tower arch is Norman as are a south window and doorway. The nave is Early English and the chancel arch Decorated.

Open to visitors.

Mark Acton, 2017

Little Bytham, St Medard, Noyon
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen

Designed by R J Withers in 1860, St Helen’s was considered a ‘model church for parishes of modest means’.

Built of red brick with black brick decoration  the building has lancet and traceried windows, an overhanging slate roof and a western bellcote and spire.

It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

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April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, R J Withers
Little Coates, St Michael
Little Coates, St Michael
Little Coates, St Michael

The old village church of St Michael in Little Coates became the south aisle of a new building when Sir Walter Tapper added a new nave, tower and vaulted chancel in 1913-14.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Little Coates, St Michael church
Little Grimsby, St Edith
Little Grimsby, St Edith
Little Grimsby, St Edith

St. Edith's church, Little Grimsby, stands amongst trees in the garden of the Hall.

Inside the church are monuments, hatchments and a stained glass window to Tom Winteringham MP, who lived in the Hall.

April 2015

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Little Grimsby, St Edith church, Tom Winteringham
Little Ponton, St Guthlac
Little Ponton, St Guthlac
Little Ponton, St Guthlac

The chancel arch of St Guthlac’s, Little Ponton is descibed by Pevsner as Saxo-Norman. The chancel itself is late thirteenth century.

The north arcade and south doorway are Early English. The arch of a former south chapel is clear.

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Mark Acton, 2017

Little Ponton, St Guthlac
Little Steeping, St Andrew
Little Steeping, St Andrew
Little Steeping, St Andrew

St Andrew's church in Little Steeping is, like many in the area, of greenstone patched with brick.

The tower and south arcade are late fourteenth-century whilst the north arcade is later Perpendicular.

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May 2016

Little Steeping, St Andrew church
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist
Londonthorpe, St John Baptist

Londonthorpe's church of St John the Baptist has an Early English south arcade and Decorated north arcade.

The clerestory is Perpendicular and the chancel Victorian. The saddleback roof is a rarity in Lincolnshire.

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Mark Acton, 2016



Londonthorpe, St John Baptist church
Long Bennington, St&nbspSwithun
Long Bennington, St Swithun
Long Bennington, St Swithun

The nave arcades of St Swithin’s, with their high round arches, are early 13th century, as are the lower stages of the tower.

North and south aisles, with Decorated tracery in the windows, are 14th century.

The upper stage of the tower, the clerestory and the five-light east window all date from the 15th century.

August 2012

Long Bennington, St Swithun church
Long Sutton, St Mary
Long Sutton, St Mary
Long Sutton, St Mary

The church of St Mary in Long Sutton has one of the earliest lead spires in the country.

Originally the tower in the early 13th century was detached from the nave. Inside there is much work of the Norman period.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Long Sutton, St Mary church, lead spire,
Louth, Holy Trinity
Louth, Holy Trinity
Louth, Holy Trinity

A fire in 1991 destroyed all but the tower of the Victorian church of 1866.

Opened in 1999, the new building with its attractive spire, was designed as a community centre and incorporates meeting rooms, catering facilities etc as well as a modern worship space.

September 2012

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Louth, Holy Trinity church
Louth, St James
Louth, St James
Louth, St James

St James's Church in Louth, viewed from Westgate. The magnificent Perpendicular spire, 295 ft high, was completed in 1515.

Westgate has some very fine Georgian houses, including buildings belonging to the Grammar School.

Postcard, c1910

Louth, St James, spire, Westgate, Grammar School,
Louth, St Michael
Louth, St Michael
Louth, St Michael

St Michael’s dates from 1863 and was designed in Gothic style by Louth architect James Fowler.

The lofty interior is largely brick - mostly red, but with black and yellow decoration - and is lavishly furnished.

The Lady Chapel, with its apse, dates from 1908.

September 2012

Louth, St Michael church, James Fowler, Lady Chapel
Ludborough, St Mary
Ludborough, St Mary
Ludborough, St Mary

St Mary’s has a tall, worn, ironstone tower dating from the 15th century.   In contrast, chancel and nave, are chalk and are 13th century in origin.

James Fowler rebuilt the nave and aisles in 1858, retaining the Early English style.

In the chancel, one of the window-sills still retains its 13th century painted scroll-work.

September 2012

Ludborough, St Mary church, chalk, ironstone, James Fowler
Luddington, St Oswald
Luddington, St Oswald
Luddington, St Oswald

St Oswald’s stands half a mile from the present village on the site of an earlier church.

Built in 1855 in Early English style, its tall tower with its broach spire is a landmark in the surrounding flat countryside.

September 2010

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Luddington, St Oswald church
Ludford, St Mary and St Peter
Ludford, St Mary and St Peter
Ludford, St Mary and St Peter

Built by James Fowler in 1864 (in 1300 style), St Mary and St Peter’s is a substantial church with transepts.

The interior and fittings are High Victorian, with much coloured brick decoration to the arches.

July 2011

Ludford, James Fowler
Lusby, St Peter
Lusby, St Peter
Lusby, St Peter

St Peter’s in Lusby has a greenstone nave and chancel with a bellcote replacing a vanished tower.

The blocked north and south doorways are Norman and there are Anglo-Saxon features inside.

July 2015

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Lusby, St Peter church
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary

Much rebuilding over the centuries has left St Mary’s Mablethorpe  with an unusual profile; the chancel is higher than both nave and tower!

The brick nave was rebuilt in 1976-9, replacing that of 1714 shown here.

The arcades within possibly date from the original building of c1300, timber struts now replacing the original arches. The chancel arch and east window are 19th century.

See Lincolnshire HER on www.heritagegateway.org.uk  

Mablethorpe, St Mary
Manby, St Mark
Manby, St Mark
Manby, St Mark

St Mary’s  has a tall 15th century west tower and is largely Perpendicular in style.

It is built in greenstone with limestone dressings.

The chancel, rebuilt in 1889, has a beautiful east window by Sir Ninian Comper.

September 2012

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Manby, St Mark church, Ninian Comper
Manthorpe, St John the Evangelist
Manthorpe, St John the Evangelist
Manthorpe, St John the Evangelist

St John the Evangelist’s was built in 1847 by the Brownlow family to serve workers on the nearby Belton estate.

The ashlar built church was designed by G G Place of Nottingham in early Decorated style, with a central tower and spire.

September 2009

Manthorpe by Grantham, St John the Evangelist, G G Place, Brownlow, Belton
Mareham le Fen, St Helen
Mareham le Fen, St Helen
Mareham le Fen, St Helen

A large greenstone church in a large village. St Helen’s, Mareham le Fen, has a fourteenth-century chancel and nave arcades though the exterior is mostly Victorian (1873).

The south aisle has oil paintings, perhaps preliminary cartoons for a set of large Stations of the Cross.

The interior is cluttered; how many churches contain a three-piece suite? The bare interior walls cry out for limewash to dispel the gloom.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Mareham le Fen, St Helen, stations of the cross
Mareham on the Hill, All Saints
Mareham on the Hill, All Saints
Mareham on the Hill, All Saints

All Saints, Mareham-on-the-Hill, can be found through a farmyard. It is medieval with the nave and chancel all in one.

Last restored in 1804 it contains box pews and a two-decker pulpit.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Mareham on the Hill, All Saints, box pews, two-decker pulpit
Markby, St Peter
Markby, St Peter
Markby, St Peter

St Peter's Church, the only thatched church in Lincolnshire was built in the early seventeenth century.

Markby, St Peter contains thirteenth century stone from the nearby Augustinian Priory, including the dogtooth on the chancel arch.

Inside are box pews, a two-decker pulpit and a three-sided communion rail. It is said that the roof was originally tiled.

Frank Robinson, 2008

Markby, church, thatched,
Market Stainton, St Michael
Market Stainton, St Michael
Market Stainton, St Michael

It is hard to believe that Market Stainton was important enough to hold a market.

Henry Thorold¹ described St. Michael’s as a ‘most endearing little medieval church of greenstone patched with brick’ – it is now sad and decaying, disused and, judging by the unswept porch, unloved.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Mark Acton, 2012

Market Stainton, St Michael church, greenstone
Market Deeping, St Guthlac
Market Deeping, St Guthlac
Market Deeping, St Guthlac

The chancel, aisles and clerestory of St Guthlac's have windows of the 14th and 15th centuries, while the fine Perpendicular tower dates from 1440.

Inside are late 12th and 13th century arcades, and evidence of James Fowler’s restoration of 1875.

September 2014

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Market Deeping, St Guthlac church, James Fowler
Market Rasen, St Thomas
Market Rasen, St Thomas
Market Rasen, St Thomas

St Thomas’s has a weather-beaten 15th century ironstone tower, but much of the rest of the church dates from James Fowler’s restoration of 1862.

The nave arcades, though, are in part medieval, and the south doorway is late Norman.

November 2012

Market Rasen, St Thomas, James Fowler
Marshchapel, St Mary
Marshchapel, St Mary
Marshchapel, St Mary

St Mary’s is a grand Marshland church, with an imposing tower, aisled nave with clerestory and chancel.

The entire building dates from the 15th century, built with wealth from the local salt industry.

September 2012

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Marshchapel, St Mary church
Marston, St Mary
Marston, St Mary
Marston, St Mary

Largely built of ironstone and in the Early English period with later tower.

The chancel was built in 1878-80 by Sleaford architect Charles Kirk.

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March 2017



Marston, St Mary, Charles Kirk
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael
Martin by Horncastle, St Michael

The small stone and brick church of St Michael at Martin by Horncastle lies next to a farm.

There is a Norman doorway and a narrow Norman and Early English chancel arch leading to a tiny sanctuary.

‘A precious, forgotten little building’ according to Henry Thorold.*
* ‘Lincolnshire Churches Revisited’ published by Michael Russell, 1993.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Martin by Horncastle, St Michael, Norman doorway
Martin, Holy Trinity
Martin, Holy Trinity
Martin, Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity dates from 1874 and was designed by T H Wyatt.

This substantial church, built of rock-faced limestone, has nave, chancel and transepts, with lancet windows throughout.

The SW tower by C.H Fowler was added in 1911.

August 2013

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Martin by Timberland, Holy Trinity
Marton, St Margaret
Marton, St Margaret
Marton, St Margaret

'Thrilling', according to Henry Thorold¹, the tower of St. Margaret's church, Marton, has a late Saxon or early Norman tower with herringbone coursing.

The chancel arch is of similar date. The north arcade is late Norman; the south arcade is Early English.

There is a 12th century sculpture of the Crucifixion in the sanctuary north wall.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell


Mark Acton, 2006

Marton, church, Saxon tower,
Mavis Enderby, St Michael
Mavis Enderby, St Michael
Mavis Enderby, St Michael

Built from greenstone, the church of St Michael in Mavis Enderby has a late nineteenth-century tower whilst the nave and aisles are the result of Fowler of Louth’s 1875 restoration.

The interior has Perpendicular survivals including a rood screen.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Mavis Enderby, St Michael church, James Fowler
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Metheringham, St Wilfrid

A fire of 1599 destroyed much of Metheringham village, and badly damaged St Wilfred’s church.

By 1601, the nave was rebuilt, with Tuscan columns now supporting the original 13th century arches.  The clerestory dates from this time also.

Further alterations were carried out in the 19th century, when the chancel was extended, and the north aisle rebuilt.

March 2016

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Metheringham, St Wilfrid
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter
Middle Rasen, St Peter

St. Peter's church in Middle Rasen has a large ironstone tower in the Perpendicular style. The north arcade is dated c1200.

This church's most notable feature is the impressive Norman south doorway–
to Pevsner among the best work of its period in Lincolnshire.


Mark Acton, 2008

Middle Rasen, St Peter, church, doorway, Norman,
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter

At the junction of the Fodder Dyke and the Hobhole Drain, about a mile and a half to the west of Eastville Station. It is probably by Jeptha Pacey and is dated 1819.

Similar to other early nineteenth century churches of the East Fen it has a pedimented gable and deep eaves.  There is an octagonal Georgian cupola.

Postcard, 1930s

Midville, St Peter church, Jeptha Pacey
Minting, St Andrew
Minting, St Andrew
Minting, St Andrew

St Andrew’s was almost entirely rebuilt in 1864 by Ewan Christian, though he retained the Early English three bay north arcade of the earlier building.

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August 2011

Minting, St Andrew
Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul
Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul
Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul

St Paul’s was built in 1891 by Micklethwaite, retaining the tower from an earlier church of 1841.

The interior has a wide nave with four bay arcades, a rood screen, fine painted ceilings and an impressive set of stained glass windows designed by Burne Jones for the Morris Company.

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May 2010

Morton by Gainsborough, St Paul
Moulton Chapel, St James
Moulton Chapel, St James
Moulton Chapel, St James

The unusual octagonal nave of St James’ dates from 1722, and was built by William Sands of Spalding. 

The chancel, in a similar classical style, was added in 1886.

The interior has a west gallery and an imposing 20th century chancel screen.

July 2011

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Moulton Chapel, St James
Moulton, All Saints
Moulton, All Saints
Moulton, All Saints

The church of All Saints in Moulton has a fine four stage Perpendicular tower with spire, 165 ft high.

Inside are late-twelfth century arcades and an Early English clerestory, but many of the windows date from Victorian improvements.

The chancel has a simple Early English sedilia and a plain fourteenth century easter sepulchre.

Ken Redmore 2010

Moulton, All Saints, church, Easter Sepulchre,
Navenby, St Peter
Navenby, St Peter
Navenby, St Peter

The tower of St. Peter's church in Navenby fell in c1750 and was replaced; "badly" according to Pevsner. The rest of the church makes up for it.

The nave is decorated with a Perpendicular clerestory.

The Decorated chancel is considered one of the finest in the region and contains a fine sedilia and easter sepulchre.

Mark Acton, 2008

Navenby, church, St Peter, Easter sepulchre, sedilia,
Nettleham, All Saints
Nettleham, All Saints
Nettleham, All Saints

There are small elements of Saxon and Norman work in the church, but it is principally Early English, thirteenth centruy, with a Perpendicular clerestory.

The chancel was restored and lengthened by Bodley and Garner in 1882.

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June 2008

Nettleham, All Saints
New Bolingbroke, St Peter
New Bolingbroke, St Peter
New Bolingbroke, St Peter

The village was founded in 1823 by John Parkinson (steward to Sir Joseph Banks).

St Peter’s, though, is later, and was built by S.S.Teulon in 1854 in the style of the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

The brick church with stone dressings has nave, chancel, north aisle, organ chamber and an elaborate north east tower and spire.

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May 2013

New Bolingbroke, St Peter
Newton by Folkingham, St Botolph
Newton by Folkingham, St Botolph
Newton by Folkingham, St Botolph

Much of St Botolph’s is 13th century work, including the lower stages of the tall west tower, the tower arch and the lofty 3-bay nave arcades.

The south aisle and the chancel arch date from the extensive restoration of 1867.

September 2013

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Newton by Folkingham, St Botolph
Newton by Toft, St Michael
Newton by Toft, St Michael
Newton by Toft, St Michael

St Michael’s, Newton-by-Toft, is a church ideally sized for its community.

Though mostly the work of Fowler of Louth in 1860 it retains a Norman chancel arch.

The remains of the lost Early English north arcade can be seen.

There are two late C13 stone effigies: the man, William, is 29 inches long, the lady, Helaine, measures 24 inches.

Mark Acton, 2014

Newton by Toft, St Michael church, James Fowler, stone effigy
Newton on Trent, St Peter
Newton on Trent, St Peter
Newton on Trent, St Peter

The rough embattled tower of St Peter’s is from the Early English period. Some masonry in the south wall is Norman.

The rest of the church has seen many alterations, with both chancel and north aisle rebuilt in the 19th century.

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May 2008

Newton on Trent, St Peter
Nocton, All Saints
Nocton, All Saints
Nocton, All Saints

Built of Ancaster stone in Early English style by George Gilbert Scott for the Countess of Ripon in 1860-63.

The steeple is in the north-west corner with porch below.

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March 2016



Nocton, All Saints, George Gilbert Scott, Countess of Ripon
Normanby by Spital, St Peter
Normanby by Spital, St Peter
Normanby by Spital, St Peter

St. Peter's is redundant but remains a jigsaw for all church enthusiasts.

Originally, St Peter's was built about 1200 and has alterations dating from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and a final restoration in 1890.

Remnants of the various periods – large and small - are all over it.


Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Normanby By Spital, St Peter,
Normanby le Wold, St Peter
Normanby le Wold, St Peter
Normanby le Wold, St Peter

The lower stages of the ironstone tower, and much of the south aisle wall are early 13th century.

Inside St Peter’s, the unusual arcades are partly of this date, as is a corbel showing a man with toothache!

James Fowler carried out extensive restoration in 1868, rebuilding the north aisle and chancel.

Normanby is the highest settlement in the county, with fine views across to the Lincoln Cliff.

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June 2011

Normanby le Wold, St Peter
Normanton, St Nicholas
Normanton, St Nicholas
Normanton, St Nicholas

A small church in a small stone village; the church of St. Nicholas in Normanton has transitional and Early English arcades, embattled Perpendicular clerestory and a 17c pulpit.

It is now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.


Mark Acton, 2007

Normanton, St Nicholas, church, Churches Conservation Trust,
North Carlton, St Luke
North Carlton, St Luke
North Carlton, St Luke

A Georgian building of 1771-3 with the exception of the Perpendicular tower.

The church (St Luke) in North Carlton has a coved ceiling inside, apsidal sanctuary and Monson brasses.

Mark Acton, 2009

North Carlton, St Luke, Church, apse, Georgian, Monson,
North Cockerington, St Mary
North Cockerington, St Mary
North Cockerington, St Mary

This church shares the same churchyard as St. Adelwald's, Alvingham.

The building is a mixture of twelfth and thirteenth century work although there is a small Saxon window in the chancel.

The interior contains box pews.


Mark Acton, 2008

North Cockerington, church, St Mary, box pews, shared churchyard,
North Cotes, St Nicholas
North Cotes, St Nicholas
North Cotes, St Nicholas

St Nicholas’s church was rebuilt in 1865 by James Fowler of Louth in Early English style.

Within the church, Fowler retained the 13th century arcades, and the tower and chancel arches from the medieval church.

June 2015

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North Coates, St Nicholas church, James Fowler
North Hykeham, All Saints
North Hykeham, All Saints
North Hykeham, All Saints

All Saints’ was built in 1858 in Decorated style, with geometrical tracery in the east window and an arcade across the west front.

Particularly striking are the circular bell openings of the south-west tower.

November 2013

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North Hykeham, All Saints
North Kelsey, St Nicholas
North Kelsey, St Nicholas
North Kelsey, St Nicholas

Much of the church of St Nicholas was rebuilt in 1869 by William White.

The short tower built of friable ironstone has pairs of thirteenth century bell-openings.

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May 2016 

North Kelsey, St Nicholas, William White
North Killingholme, St Denis
North Killingholme, St Denis
North Killingholme, St Denis

The lower part of the tower and the tower arch of St Denis in North Killingholme are Norman work. The upper tower is ashlar-faced and Perpendicular.

The north and south arcades are also Perpendicular.

The chancel has Early English and Decorated features.

The brick clerestory is post-medieval. Many different materials have been used in the exterior.

July 2014

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North Killingholme, St Denis church
North Kyme, St Luke
North Kyme, St Luke
North Kyme, St Luke

St Luke’s is a small brick building of 1877 by the Lincoln architects Drury and Mortimer.

The church consists of nave and chancel, with a buttress at the west end carrying an octagonal bell-cote and spire.

June 2013

North Kyme, St Luke church, Drury & Mortimer
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen
North Ormsby, St Helen

The church of St Helen was built in 1848 by S S Teulon in Early English style.

Made redundant in 1981, the church is now a private house.

In the nearby valley can be seen earthworks of the medieval village and the site of a former Gilbertine priory.

September 2012

North Ormsby, St Helen, S S Teulon, Gilbertine priory
North Owersby, St Martin
North Owersby, St Martin
North Owersby, St Martin

St Martin’s was rebuilt in 1762 by J Warmer of Caistor.

Built of ironstone, it consists of a nave with apse and a narrow west tower.  The traceried windows date from 1888.

The interior has white painted walls and is simply furnished.

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May 2012

North Owersby, St Martin, J Warmer
North Rauceby, St Peter
North Rauceby, St Peter
North Rauceby, St Peter

St Peter, North Rauceby, is considered one of the finest churches in the area.

The broach spire is Early English, the nave Decorated with a Perpendicular clerestory and the chancel a rebuild by S. S. Teulon in 1853.

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April 2016



North Rauceby, St Peter church, S S Teulon
North Scarle, All Saints
North Scarle, All Saints
North Scarle, All Saints

All Saints, North Scarle, was rebuilt after a fire in 1341/2 though much Early English work remains.

Sir Ninian Comper added the north aisle in 1895-98 along with painted ceilings, stained glass, furnishings and altars.

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October 2016


North Scarle, All Saints, Ninian Comper
North Somercotes, St Mary
North Somercotes, St Mary
North Somercotes, St Mary

St Mary’s is situated down a country lane some distance from the village.

Several windows are in Decorated style, but mostly renewed.

Much rebuilding was carried out in the 17th century and further restoration in 1908.

The octagonal font has fine carvings and dates from the 15th century.

September 2012

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North Somercotes, St Mary church
North Thoresby, St Helen
North Thoresby, St Helen
North Thoresby, St Helen

St Helen’s, North Thoresby, is mostly in the Early English style. The tower pinnacles are a Perpendicular addition.

An arcade from the lost south aisle can be seen.

The interior includes a Royal Arms dated 1722, bench ends from the early sixteenth-century and a window showing Queen Victoria.

Mark Acton

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North Thoresby, St Helen
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas

St Thomas, North Willingham, has a medieval tower attached to a late eighteenth century nave and chancel.

The east window is Venetian, there is a west gallery and the chancel has monuments to the Boucherett family.

Mark Acton, 2014

North Willingham, St Thomas church, Boucherett, Venetian window
North Witham, St Mary
North Witham, St Mary
North Witham, St Mary

St Mary’s, North Witham, has a Norman chancel arch and north and south doorways.

The chancel is Early English, the tower Perpendicular. The chancel contains fine monuments to the extinct Sherard family of nearby Lobthorpe.

Unfortunately the church is locked with no keyholder information.

Mark Acton, 2017

North Witham, St Mary, Sherard, Lobthorpe
Northorpe, St John Baptist
Northorpe, St John Baptist
Northorpe, St John Baptist

The exterior of the large church of St John the Baptist is largely 16th century or later. Inside, however, are impressive Norman arcades of the late 12th century.

The chancel arch is 13th century, and there is early 14th century tracery in the chancel windows.

Much restoration was carried out in the early 20th century.

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May 2010

Northorpe, St John Baptist
Norton Disney, St Peter
Norton Disney, St Peter
Norton Disney, St Peter

St Peter's church in Norton Disney has much work from the Early English and Decorated periods.

The font & screen are Perpendicular, the communion rail seventeenth-century.

Worth visiting even without the tenuous connection to the creator of Mickey Mouse.

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October 2016


Norton Disney, St Peter
Old Leake, St Mary
Old Leake, St Mary
Old Leake, St Mary

This is one of several great marshland churches but in the Decorated style rather than the usual Perpendicular.

Parts of the original Norman nave survive. There is an early Georgian pulpit, an old alms box and tiled Victorian reredos.


Mark Acton, 2011

Old Leake, church, Georgian pulpit,
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul was built c1360, possibly by John of Gaunt. The building was part destroyed in the Civil War -  the present nave was originally the south aisle.

James Fowler restored the church in the 19th century adding the present north aisle.

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July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, John of Gaunt, James Fowler
Old Somerby, St Mary Magdalen
Old Somerby, St Mary Magdalen
Old Somerby, St Mary Magdalen

The church of St Mary Magdalen in Old Somerby has a Norman chancel arch, Early English tower and south arcade, whilst the clerestory and south aisle are from the Perpendicular period.

Inside can be found a fourteenth-century effigy of a knight and a marble monument of Dame Elizabeth Brownlow who died in 1684.

Mark Acton, 2014

Old Somerby, St Mary Magdalen church, Dame Elizabeth Brownlow
Orby, All Saints
Orby, All Saints
Orby, All Saints

The church of All Saints in Orby is a typical greenstone marshland building of the Perpendicular period, though an Early English lancet survives in the north wall of the nave and there is a Decorated window in the chancel, rebuilt in 1888.

The interior is glossy white and distinctly ‘High’ Anglican.

Mark Acton, August 2013

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Orby, All Saints
Osbournby, St Peter & St Paul
Osbournby, St Peter & St Paul
Osbournby, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul’s dates  mainly from the 14th century.

The arcades within are Decorated in style, as are many of the traceried windows.

The church has a fine 14th century sedilia and beautifully carved medieval bench ends.

The font is Norman.

September 2013

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Osbournby, St Peter & St Paul
Owmby by Spital, St Peter & St Paul
Owmby by Spital, St Peter & St Paul
Owmby by Spital, St Peter & St Paul

SS Peter & Paul has a 3-bay Norman north arcade dating from c 1200.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1808 but reuses a late 13th century east window with geometrical tracery.

In contrast the east window of the north aisle has intersecting tracery.

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July 2013

Owmby by Spital, St Peter & St Paul
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin
Owston Ferry, St Martin

St Martin's lies on the edge of the village, and is approached through a 19th century gothic archway.

The church stands on the site of a Norman castle - destroyed in 1174.

Much of the building is Perpendicular, though the S arcade dates from the late 13th century.

The brick N aisle, built in 1840, re-uses earlier Perpendicular windows.

August 2015

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Owston Ferry, St Martin
Oxcombe, All; Saints
Oxcombe, All; Saints
Oxcombe, All; Saints

This tiny church stands in an isolated and beautiful part of the Wolds.

Built by W A Nicholson in 1842 the building has an octagonal tower with cast iron pinnacles, a small nave and a chancel with three sided apse.

Frank Robinson, September 2014

Oxcombe, All Saints church, W A Nicholson
Partney, St Nicholas
Partney, St Nicholas
Partney, St Nicholas

The tower is built in local greenstone (Spilsby sandstone).

The brick chancel was built in 1828 and the nave rebuilt by Giles in 1862.

Matthew Flinders, navigator and cartographer, married Ann Chappelle here on 17 April 1801.

September 2015

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Partney, St Nicholas, Matthew Flinders
Pickworth, St Andrew
Pickworth, St Andrew
Pickworth, St Andrew

St Andrew’s is Decorated in style, with broach spire, clerestoried nave, aisles and chancel all largely of the 14th century.

The interior has medieval benches and a restored 14th century screen.

The church is renowned for its medieval wall paintings of c1380, which include a Doom painting over the chancel arch.

September 2013

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Pickworth, St Andrew
Pilham, All Saints
Pilham, All Saints
Pilham, All Saints

'Who ever visits Pilham?'
asked Henry Thorold, in his book "Lincolnshire Churches Revisited"¹.

The tiny church of All Saints is Georgian with a small tower, a nave 21 ft long inside and an apse.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Mark Acton, 2008

Pilham, All Saints church, apse, Georgian,
Potterhanworth, St Andrew
Potterhanworth, St Andrew
Potterhanworth, St Andrew

St Andrew’s was rebuilt in 1854 by R C Hussey, replacing the earlier Georgian  building.

The church comprises a nave of 4 bays, north aisle and chancel, all with Decorated style windows.

The tower, however, is largely 14th century.

July 2011

Potterhanworth, St Andrew, R C Hussey
Quadring, St Margaret
Quadring, St Margaret
Quadring, St Margaret

This is a fine example of the Perpendicular style of architecture. The chancel is Norman in origin but largely rebuilt in 1862.

Mark Acton, 2008

Quadring, St Margaret church, Norman, Perpendicular,
Quarrington, St Botolph
Quarrington, St Botolph
Quarrington, St Botolph

The tall tower and spire of St Botolph’s are 14th century, as is the south wall of the nave with its large restored windows. 

The apsaidal chancel of 1862 has fine tiles on floor and dado, and some good Victorian stained glass.

September 2013

Quarrington, St Botolph church
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity
Raithby by Spilsby, Holy Trinity

The medieval church was largely rebuilt by G.G.Scott Junior in 1873. Much of the window tracery and the porch are of this date.

The chancel was enlarged by Temple Moore in 1886 and Hodgson Fowler renewed the greenstone tower in 1895.

September 2015

Raithby By Spilsby, Holy Trinity church, G G Scott, Temple Moore, Hodgson Fowler
Raithby cum Maltby, St Peter
Raithby cum Maltby, St Peter
Raithby cum Maltby, St Peter

St Peter’s was rebuilt by W A Nicholson in 1839, retaining the 13th century north arcade.

The church, built of cement rendered brick, has ornate pinnacles and battlements, flowing tracery and an eastern apse.

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March 2013

Raithby cum Maltby, St Peter
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German

St German’s consists of west tower, nave and chancel and was rebuilt by James Fowler in 1860 in Decorated style.

The tower arch, though, reuses part of the Norman chancel arch and the font dates from the 15th century.

The church stands alone, high in the Wolds, with fine views over the Bain valley.

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July 2012

Ranby, St German, James Fowler
Rand, St Oswald
Rand, St Oswald
Rand, St Oswald

The broad tower of St Oswald's is 14th century.

Both nave and chancel were rebuilt in the nineteenth century, but older features have been re-used, such as the chancel arch which is 13th century.

The church contains an unusual number of monuments, dating from c1200 to the 17th century.

July 2015

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Rand, St Oswald church
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul

Built in 1862 by Michael Drury, though the arcades are medieval (12th and 14th centuries).

The steep pyramidal tower roof is unusual for a Lincolnshire church.

Mark Acton, 2012

Reepham, Michael Drury, pyramidal roof
Revesby, St Lawrence
Revesby, St Lawrence
Revesby, St Lawrence

Large, costly and gloomy. St Lawrences, Revesby, was built in the Decorated style in 1891 at the expense of the MP for Horncastle Edward Stanhope and James Banks Stanhope.

The church contains fragments from the Cistercian Abbey at Revesby. There is a monument of 1727 to Joseph Banks.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Revesby, St Lawrence church, Edward Stanhope, James Banks Stanhope, Joseph Banks, Cistersian abbey
Riby, St Edmund
Riby, St Edmund
Riby, St Edmund

St Edmund’s, Riby, was largely rebuilt by Benjamin Ferrey in 1868 though the early fourteenth-century crossing and Perpendicular tower survive.

There are monuments and hatchments to the Tomline and Pretyman families.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Riby, St Edmund church
Rigsby, St James
Rigsby, St James
Rigsby, St James

The tiny hamlet of Rigsby has the church of St. James built by the prolific Louth architect James Fowler in 1863.

It is in neo-Norman style though Fowler re-used a genuine Early Norman arch inside.

September 2015

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Rigsby, St James church, James Fowler
Riseholme, St Mary
Riseholme, St Mary
Riseholme, St Mary

St Mary’s was built in 1850 by S.S.Teulon for the then Bishop of Lincoln, Dr John Kaye.

The buttressed nave and chancel both have attractive Decorated style windows.

Inside are fine timber roofs, original fittings and Victorian stained glass.

November 2013

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Riseholme, St Mary
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter
Ropsley, St Peter

St Peters’ has architecture from the 11th to the 17th century, including Anglo-Saxon work in the nave, Norman and Early English arcades, and a Decorated broach spire.

The porch, with its Latin inscription carries the date 1486.

This intriguing church occupies a prominent position above the village.

September 2013

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Ropsley, St Peter church
Rothwell, St Mary Magdalene
Rothwell, St Mary Magdalene
Rothwell, St Mary Magdalene

The Church of St Mary Magdalene in Rothwell lies close to a village in the heart of the Wolds.

St Mary Magdalene has an Anglo-Saxon tower, normal arcades and a chancel which was restored in 1892.

Mark Acton, 2011

Rothwell, St Mary Magdalene church, Anglo-Saxon tower, Norman,
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret
Roughton, St Margaret

St Margaret’s, Roughton, has a Perpendicular brick tower on a greenstone base, nave with Transitional doorways and a chancel from the late thirteenth-century.

The interior contains some old woodwork and a wonderful monument to Norreys Fynes (died 1735), a non-juror and estate steward. A welcoming church.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Roughton, St Margaret church, Norreys Fynes
Rowston, St Clement
Rowston, St Clement
Rowston, St Clement

The church of St Clement in Rowston has slender tower with a ‘candle-snuffer- spire.

The nave & chancel are Early English whilst the clerestory is from the Perpendicular period.

There is Norman tympanum under the tower which has been likened to one at Haltham-on-Bain.

The doorway it may have been over can be seen in the north wall.

Mark Acton, 2014

Rowston, St Clement church, tympanum
Roxby, St Mary
Roxby, St Mary
Roxby, St Mary

St Mary’s, Roxby, has a tower dating to the late Anglo-Saxon or early Norman periods.

Much of the rest of the building is the work of the ubiquitous James Fowler in 1875, though he left many medieval features inside.

April 2015

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Roxby, St Mary church, James Fowler
Ruckland, St Olave
Ruckland, St Olave
Ruckland, St Olave

A tiny church of 1885 by William Scorer of Lincoln, built using stone from an earlier building.

There is a west rose window, and a steep roof overhanging  the west end, giving the church a Nordic look.

Appropriately, the dedication is to St Olave.

 

Ruckland, St Olave church, nordic, William Scorer
Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints
Ruskington, All Saints

All Saints church, Ruskington, has a Norman tower arch, Early English chancel and a fine Decorated south arcade.

The tower was rebuilt in 1620 after collapsing. At the east end of the south aisle is an attractive window by William Morris.


Mark Acton, 2007

Ruskington, All Saints church, William Morris,
Saleby, St Margaret
Saleby, St Margaret
Saleby, St Margaret

St Margaret, Saleby, was built in 1850 to the design of Stephen Lewin, an architect from Boston.

Mark Acton, 2016

Saleby, St Margaret, Stephen Lewin
Saltfleetby All Saints
Saltfleetby All Saints
Saltfleetby All Saints

Saltfleetby All Saints church is a long, low building with a leaning tower of the Early English and Perpendicular styles. The nave is Early English whilst the chancel and its arch are Norman.

There are old screens, one Jacobean and one Elizabethan pulpit and a rare medieval stone reredos in the Lady Chapel.

It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Mark Acton, 2008

Saltfleetby All Saints, All Saints church, Churches Conservation Trust, reredos, Elizabethan pulpit,
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'New' Church
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'New' Church
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'New' Church

James Fowler built a new church closer to the village in 1877.

He dismantled the old church and built this copy, re-using much of the original.

St Peter’s has bell-cote, aisled nave and chancel, and incorporates the Early English arcades of the medieval church.

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September 2012

Saltfleetby St Peter, church, James Fowler
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'Old' Church
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'Old' Church
Saltfleetby St Peter, 'Old' Church

The tower of the medieval church stands alone half a mile from Fowler’s rebuilt church.

The windows in the tower have fine perpendicular tracery.

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September 2012

Saltfleetby St Peter, old church
Sapperton, St Nicholas
Sapperton, St Nicholas
Sapperton, St Nicholas

Much of St Nicholas’s is 13th century work.

Inside the church, however , can be seen  the  round arches of a late 12th century arcade, built into the nave north wall.

The chancel is in part 19th century, dating from the restoration of 1897.

September 2013

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Sapperton, St Nicholas church
Sausthorpe, St Andrew
Sausthorpe, St Andrew
Sausthorpe, St Andrew

St Andrew's is a brick church built by Charles Kirk in 1842.

The building is Perpendicular in style with tall traceried windows throughout.

September 2006

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Sausthorpe, St Andrew church, Charles Kirk
Saxby All Saints
Saxby All Saints
Saxby All Saints

The church of All Saints in Saxby is an early work of 1844 by Sir George Gilbert Scott though the tower dates from 1873 and is not by Scott.

Mark Acton, 2015

Saxby All Saints, George Gilbert Scott
Saxby, St Helen
Saxby, St Helen
Saxby, St Helen

St Helen’s is a small brick built Georgian church of 1775, with a grand portico and bell-cote, and an eastern apse.

The church was built as a mortuary chapel for the Earls of Scarbrough, and their monuments and hatchments can be seen within.

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May 2008

Saxby, St Helen, Earl Scarbrough, Georgian
Saxilby, St Botolph
Saxilby, St Botolph
Saxilby, St Botolph

The impression is given of a Perpendicular church, though it has a Norman north doorway and Early English nave arcade.

There is a good Perpendicular rood screen.


Mark Acton, 2008

Saxilby, St Botolph church, Norman doorway,
Scamblesby, St Martin
Scamblesby, St Martin
Scamblesby, St Martin

St Martin’s consists of aisled nave, chancel and western bell-cote, and largely dates from the rebuilding by R H Fowler in the 1890s.

Made of greenstone with limestone dressings and slate roof, it is typical in style, design and materials of small country churches in the Wolds.

One of the piers, however, has characteristic Norman zig-zag decoration, and came from the now demolished church at Cawkwell.

September 2006

Scamblesby, St Martin, R H Fowler, Cawkwell, zig-zag
Scampton, St John Baptist
Scampton, St John Baptist
Scampton, St John Baptist

The tower of St John the Baptist Church is 14th century.

Much of the interior dates from 1876/7, though the chancel arch and the N aisle windows (seen here) are 16th century.

RAF Scampton is nearby, and the churchyard contains about 100 military graves. Many are the graves of allied aircrew who died during WW2.

May 2015

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Scampton, St John Baptist church
Scawby, St Hybald
Scawby, St Hybald
Scawby, St Hybald

The tower of St Hybald’s is medieval.

The rest of the church was rebuilt by W A Nicholson in the 1840s, with clerestoried nave, aisles and chancel all in Early English style.

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August 2011

Scawby, St Hibald, W A Nicholson
Scopwick, Holy Cross
Scopwick, Holy Cross
Scopwick, Holy Cross

All Saints’ is essentially a 13th century church, extensively restored in the 19th century.

The tower is Early English in its lower stages and seventeenth century above, while the nave has three-bay Early English arcades.

June 2013

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Scopwick, Holy Cross church
Scothern, St Germain
Scothern, St Germain
Scothern, St Germain

St Germain’s has a medieval tower, but the rest of the building has seen many changes.

The nave, rebuilt in 1776 has windows of 1876, the chancel was rebuilt in 1904 and the north extension dates from 1840.

Inside, the impressive chancel arch is of c1200.

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January 2014

Scothern, St Germain
Scott Willoughby, St Andrew
Scott Willoughby, St Andrew
Scott Willoughby, St Andrew

This tiny church was rebuilt in 1826 and the chancel remodelled in 1863.

Inside can be seen a pulpit and altar rails of the 17th century, a medieval font, and a small stone with 10th century interlace carving.

September 2013

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Scott Willoughby, St Andrew
Scotter, St Peter
Scotter, St Peter
Scotter, St Peter

St Peter’s has a Perpendicular tower and clerestory.

The south doorway though is Norman and inside is a 13th century north arcade. 

Other features include some 18th century box pews, and a fine brass memorial to Sir Marmaduke Tyrwhitt d.1599.

May 2010

Scotter, St Peter, Marmaduke Tyrwhitt
Scotton, St Genewys
Scotton, St Genewys
Scotton, St Genewys

Much of St Genwys dates from the late 13th century, notably the tall slender arcades and the aisle windows with their Y-tracery.

Within the chancel, however, is a blocked 12th century doorway.

The fittings date from the restoration by G E Street of 1866.

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May 2010

Scotton, St Genewys, G E Street
Scredington, St Andrew
Scredington, St Andrew
Scredington, St Andrew

A striking feature of St Andrews is the octagonal north-west tower with its tall needle spire.

Like much of the building, it dates from 1869.

The north aisle, however, and the three-bay arcade are 15th century.

September 2013

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Scredington, St Andrew church
Scremby, St Peter & St Paul
Scremby, St Peter & St Paul
Scremby, St Peter & St Paul

The red brick church of St Peter and St Paul dates from 1733 and comprise western tower, nave (with organ extension) and polygonal chancel. The brick is laid in Flemish bond.

Scremby lies on the edge of the Wolds and there are fine views across the fens to the south.

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September 2015

Scremby, St Peter & St Paul church
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict
Scrivelsby, St Benedict

A largely Victorian restoration of a medieval church. The tower of St Benedict, Scrivelsby, dates entirely from 1860.

The chancel has original Perpendicular windows whilst the north nave arcade and chapel are Early English.

This church’s true treasures are the monuments to the Marmions and Dymokes who acted as King’s and Queen’s Champions.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Scrivelsby, St Benedict church, Marmion, Dymoke, King's Champion
Scunthorpe, St John
Scunthorpe, St John
Scunthorpe, St John

The former parish church of Saint John in Scunthorpe was built in 1889 at the considerable expense of the steel baron Lord St Oswald and has much fine detail.

Sadly it was built in the wrong place and became redundant. It is now part of the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

Mark Acton, 2015

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Scunthorpe, St John church, Lord St Oswald
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas
Searby, St Nicholas

Built in yellow-grey brick in 1832, St Nicholas’s comprises western tower, nave and polygonal apse.

The interior has whitewashed walls, a west gallery, and an elaborate screen and other fittings carved c1860 by the then vicar, T J M Townsend.

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May 2011

Searby, St Nicholas, T J M Townsend
Sedgebrook, St Lawrence
Sedgebrook, St Lawrence
Sedgebrook, St Lawrence

A mixture of ironstone and Ancaster stone. St Lawrence’s, Sedgebrook is a fine example of the Perpendicular style.

The plain glass east window makes for a bright interior.

There is much good woodwork to admire.

On our visit two volunteers were cleaning up after the depredations of bats.

Mark Acton, 2014

Sedgebrook, St Lawrence church, Ancaster stone, bats
Sempringham, St Andrew
Sempringham, St Andrew
Sempringham, St Andrew

The church of St Andrew, Sempringham, stands alone surrounded by fields.

The Norman S doorway and N arcade remain from the original building, while the tower is late 14th century and the apsidal chancel Victorian.

In the 12th century, Gilbert of Sempringham built his monastery for men and women nearby, thus founding the Gilbertine monastic order which flourished in the middle ages. Gilbert was canonised in 1202.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Sempringham, St Andrew, church, Gilbert, monastery, Norman,
Silk Willoughby, St Denis
Silk Willoughby, St Denis
Silk Willoughby, St Denis

St Denis’s is largely 14th century, with a beautiful tower and spire, and a spacious interior with high slender arcade piers.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1878 by C H Fowler.

Notable features include the Norman font, the fine 14th century carved bench ends, and the 1897 stained glass of the east window.

September 2013

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Silk Willoughby, St Denis church
Sixhills, All Saints
Sixhills, All Saints
Sixhills, All Saints

Situated on the edge of the Wolds, with fine views across to Lincoln, All Saints was rebuilt in 1869 by James Fowler in Early English style.

Inside, the church has a timber arch separating the eastern apse from the nave.

Fowler retained a 13th century arcade which is built into the nave north wall.

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August 2010 

Sixhills, All Saints church, James Fowler
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement

St Clement's Church, Skegness, is the original parish church of the town.

It was built shortly after disastrous floods in the sixteenth century.

It has been disused for many years though the graveyard remains open.

Undated postcard

Skegness, St Clement, church, redundant,
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew

In the late-nineteenth century, as part of a major development of Skegness largely controlled by the principal landowner, the Earl of Scarbrough, a new church was built and dedicated to St Matthew.

The architect, James Fowler of Louth, chose the Early English Gothic style.

The foundation stone was laid in 1879 and the church consecrated (though incomplete) in 1880.

A tower planned for the west end (extreme left in the photograph) was never built.


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Skegness, St Matthew church, Earl of Scarbrough, James Fowler,
Skellingthorpe, St Lawrence
Skellingthorpe, St Lawrence
Skellingthorpe, St Lawrence

St Lawrence's was built by Kendall & Pope in 1855 in Early English style.

The windows have plate tracery and there is a triplet of lancets in the east window of the chancel - all typical of the E. E. period.

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October 2016



Skellingthorpe, St Lawrence, Kendall & Pope
Skendleby, St Peter & St Paul
Skendleby, St Peter & St Paul
Skendleby, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul has many 14th century features, notably the windows - such as the east one seen here - with reticulated or flowing tracery.

The church was extensively restored by Sir G G Scott in 1875.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

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Skendleby, St Peter & St Paul, Sir G G Scott
Skidbrooke, St Botolph
Skidbrooke, St Botolph
Skidbrooke, St Botolph

Standing in glorious isolation, the church of St Botolph, Skidbrooke, has a large 14th century nave.

The chancel arch is in the Early English style whilst the clerestory and tower are Perpendicular.

It is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust after many years of being abandoned.


Mark Acton, 2008

Skidbrooke, St Botolph church, Churches Conservation Trust,
Skillington, St James
Skillington, St James
Skillington, St James

A pleasing building of several periods on the edge of the village.

The tower has thirteenth-century bell openings with Y-tracery and a broach spire of the Decorated period.

One notable feature in the church is the memorial window to Revd Charles Hudson, vicar of the parish, who died on the Matterhorn on 14 July 1865.

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March 2017



Skillington, St James, Charles Hudson, Matterhorn
Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Skirbeck, St Nicholas

To Henry Thorold¹, the church of St Nicholas in Skirbeck had 'a flavour of Great Expectations, with its Victorian gravestones and solitary lamp, close to the Bank of the Witham'.

The building is largely Early English and Decorated, though the north aisle dates from 1875 and the chancel from 1933. The pulpit and font are seventeenth-century.

¹ Thorold, Henry, 1993. Lincolnshire Churches Revisited. Michael Russell

Mark Acton, 2011

 

Skirbeck, St Nicholas church,
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys

The church of St Denys has a Decorated nave and north transept, while the chancel and clerestory are Perpendicular in style.

The church is renowned for the beautiful tracery of its windows and for its medieval rood screen, restored in 1918.

The tower dates from about 1180 and the broach spire is one of the earliest in the country - though both were rebuilt after a lightning strike in 1884.

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Sleaford, St Denys church
Snarford, St Lawrence
Snarford, St Lawrence
Snarford, St Lawrence

The church of St Lawrence at Snarford has a small W tower, twelfth century below and thirteenth or fourteenth century above.

It is notable for the outstanding sixteenth and early seventeenth century monuments of members of the St Pol family whose mansion was close by to the south-west.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Snarford, St Pol, St Lawrence church,
Snelland, All Saints
Snelland, All Saints
Snelland, All Saints

All Saints Snelland is essentially a small Victorian church, having been restored and rebuilt in 1863 by Edward Browning of Stamford.

There are however, traces of the medieval building, notably the 13th century south doorway and several re-used 14th century windows.

Snelland, All Saints, Edward Browning
Snitterby, St Nicholas
Snitterby, St Nicholas
Snitterby, St Nicholas

St Nicholas’s church was rebuilt in 1866 by James Fowler and comprises a western tower, nave and apse built in rock-faced limestone.

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May 2012

Snitterby, St Nicholas, James Fowler
Somerby, St Margaret
Somerby, St Margaret
Somerby, St Margaret

St Margaret’s is a worn ironstone church with a low tower and lies almost hidden by trees on the edge of the Wolds.

The building has 13th century features, but has undergone many later alterations, especially in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Monuments within include a fine 13th century effigy of a knight.

May 2011

Somerby, St Margaret
Somersby, St Margaret
Somersby, St Margaret
Somersby, St Margaret

The greenstone church of St Margaret's Somersby was built in the 15th century and was restored in 1865.

Inside, displays provide information about the poet Tennyson who was born in the nearby rectory.

The box grave to the left of the photo is that of the poet's father, who was rector here until his death in 1831.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Somersby, St Margaret church, Tennyson,
South Carlton, St John Baptist
South Carlton, St John Baptist
South Carlton, St John Baptist

The exterior of St. John Baptist, South Carlton, is largely the 1860 restoration work of S. S. Teulon. The bands of different coloured roof slates are typical of his style.

The unbuttressed tower has a pyramidal roof.

October 2016

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South Carlton, St John Baptist, S S Teulon
South Elkington, All Saints
South Elkington, All Saints
South Elkington, All Saints

The nave, chancel and tower of All Saints were rebuilt during the 19th century.

Much remains from medieval times, however, notably the early 13th century south arcade and the 15th century nave roof.

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September 2012

South Elkington, All Saints
South Ferriby, St Nicholas
South Ferriby, St Nicholas
South Ferriby, St Nicholas

A Norman tympanum is set over the porch entrance of St Nicholas’, and there are other traces of Norman work inside.

Unusually, in 1889, the building was re-aligned north-south so as to lie along the steep hillside, and a new chancel was added.

There are fine views from here across the Humber.

South Ferriby, St Nicholas
South Hykeham, St Michael
South Hykeham, St Michael
South Hykeham, St Michael

The lower parts of St Michael's tower, i.e. below the string course, date from the 13th and 14th centuries but upper part and the spire were built in 1869.

The nave and chancel of were rebuilt in 1725 using older material and then restored in 1869 by Drury and Mortimer.

Work in the Victorian period also added an apse at the east end and renewed the upper part of the tower and spire.

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October 2016


 

South Hykeham, St Michael, Drury and Mortimer
South Kelsey, St Mary
South Kelsey, St Mary
South Kelsey, St Mary

St Mary’s in South Kelsey has a well-worn ironstone tower of the early fourteenth-century.

The nave and apse date from 1795 though the windows were ‘gothicised’ in 1853, probably by Butterfield.

Locked with no obvious means of access.

Mark Acton, 2014

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South Kelsey, St Mary church, Butterfield
South Ormsby, St Leonard
South Ormsby, St Leonard
South Ormsby, St Leonard

Built of greenstone with limestone ashlar dressings, St Leonard's is externally largely 14th and 15th century, though restored by James Fowler in 1871.

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September 2015

South Ormsby, St Leonard church, James Fowler
South Somercotes, St Peter
South Somercotes, St Peter
South Somercotes, St Peter

The church of St. Peter, South Somercotes, is known as the 'Queen of the Marsh'.

Its five-bay nave and chancel arch are of the Early English style; the tower is Decorated and the screen and font (carved with the emblems of the Passion) Perpendicular.

It is now in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Mark Acton, 2008

South Somercotes, St Peter church, Churches Conservation Trust,
South Thoresby, St Andrew
South Thoresby, St Andrew
South Thoresby, St Andrew

The brick church of St Andrew in South Thoresby dates from 1735-38.

It has a Venetian style east window and pinnacled tower.

Mark Acton, 2007

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South Thoresby, St Andrew, Venetian window
South Willingham, St Martin
South Willingham, St Martin
South Willingham, St Martin

The nave of St Martin's, rebuilt in 1838, has 14th century style windows, while the chancel with its plate-tracery is in part 13th century.

The interior contains a restored 15th century screen and a 19th century reredos.

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July 2011

South Willingham, St Martin church
South Witham, St John Baptist
South Witham, St John Baptist
South Witham, St John Baptist

The oldest part of the church of St John Baptist is the Norman north arcade of the late 12th century.

The transepts are 14th and 15th century work.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1930

The site of a Knights Templar Preceptory lies a mile north of the village.

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September 2010

South Witham, St John Baptist church
Southrey, St John the Divine
Southrey, St John the Divine
Southrey, St John the Divine

This unusual little wooden church was built in the 1890s by the local joiner.

Today, the wood is protected externally by plastic cladding.

Frank Robinson, 2010

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Southrey, St John the Divine
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas

The church of St Mary and St Nicholas was built as a parish church by the local rich Benedictine priory in about 1284.

The original building was cruciform; there were considerable additions in the next 200 years.

The church was restored in 1865-67 by G G Scott.

August 2016

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Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, G G Scott
Spanby, St Nicholas
Spanby, St Nicholas
Spanby, St Nicholas

The church is a red brick building of 1881 consisting of nave and apsaidal chancel.

An inner doorway has fragments of 14th century work from an earlier church.

St Nicholas's was declared redundant in 1973.

September 2013

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Spanby, St Nicholas church
Spilsby, St James
Spilsby, St James
Spilsby, St James

Close to Spilsby market place, the church of St. James looks Victorian and unpromising from the outside.

Inside, the chancel and two arcades are fourteenth century.

The real glories of the church can be found in the Willoughby chapel. Its monuments to the Willoughby and Bertie families were from the lost house in nearby Eresby which date from 1348 to 1610.

They are in a variety of styles: brasses, alabaster effigies and tombs.

September 2015

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Spilsby, St James church, Bertie, Eresby,
Spital in the Street, St Edmund
Spital in the Street, St Edmund
Spital in the Street, St Edmund

St Edmund’s was built c1660 on the site of a medieval chapel and hostel for the poor.

The simple rectangular building is of limestone, and has a slate roof with a bell turret on the east gable.

It is owned by the Spital Chantry Trust and used for occasional services.

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May 2015

Spital In The Street, St Edmund chapel
Spridington, St Hilary
Spridington, St Hilary
Spridington, St Hilary

One of the more imposing churches designed by an architect, James Fowler, who was from Louth.

Built in 1875 in late 13th century style, it has a spacious nave, and an ornate NW tower with a saddleback roof.

The church boasts a fine organ of 1878 which has recently been restored to its original state.

Postcard, 1900

Spridlington, St Hilary church, James Fowler, saddleback roof, organ,
Stainby, St Peter
Stainby, St Peter
Stainby, St Peter

A large church for the size of the settlement. St Peter’s, Stainby, was rebuilt in the Early English style in 1865 to the design of Richard Coad, a pupil of George Gilbert Scott.

W. A. H. Thorold became rector in 1877 and carved the altar, reredos, choir stalls, screens, organ case, pulpit & font cover in his rectory workshop.

Locked with no keyholder information.

Mark Acton, 2017

Stainby, St peter, Richard Coad, W A H Thorold
Stainfield, St Andrew
Stainfield, St Andrew
Stainfield, St Andrew

St Andrew's is a small red brick church with an elegant, slender tower.

It was built in 1711 for the Tyrwhitts, whose family seat was nearby.

An unusual feature inside is the set of embroidered biblical texts worked by the Tyrwhitt ladies for the opening of the church.

October 2011

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Stainfield, St Andrew, Tyrwhitt
Stainton by Langworth, St John Baptist
Stainton by Langworth, St John Baptist
Stainton by Langworth, St John Baptist

Accessed through a farm, St John Baptist in Stainton-by-Langworth is an obvious Georgian church of 1796. There are large round arched windows.

Three generations of Sandersons, later Earls of Castleton, are commemorated in a monument.

Two sheep were making little difference to the overgrown graveyard.

Mark Acton, 2012

Stainton by Langworth, St John Baptist, Sanderson, Earl of Castleton
Stainton le Vale, St Andrew
Stainton le Vale, St Andrew
Stainton le Vale, St Andrew

‘A charmingly secluded hamlet in the Wolds’ – Pevsner.

The church of St Andrew, Stainton-le-Vale, has lost a south aisle and its original east end.

What is left dates to the early fourteenth-century though there is a now obscured Norman north doorway.

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Mark Acton, 2014

Stainton le Vale, St Andrew church, Norman doorway
Stallingborough, St Peter & St Paul
Stallingborough, St Peter & St Paul
Stallingborough, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul in Stallingborough was built in 1745-6 and is a typical Georgian ‘box’ shape.

The Victorians got at the interior leaving little of interest save brass and alabaster monuments to members of the Ayscough family.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Stallingborough, St Peter & St Paul church
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints
Stamford, All Saints

The view of All Saints from the south is particularly impressive - Perpendicular windows rising above Early English blind arcades with the tower and spire behind.

Within the largely 15th century building, are 13th century arcades, fine Victorian stained glass, and brasses to the Browne family - 15th century wool merchants and benefactors of the church.

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September 2011

Stamford, All Saints, Browne
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George
Stamford, St George

Externally, much of St George’s is Perpendicular.

The chancel, built with money left by Sir William Bruges the first Garter King of Arms, has a fine display of heraldic glass. 

Within the spacious nave are tall, slender piers of the 13th and 14th centuries.

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September 2014

Stamford, William Bruges
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin
Stamford, St Martin

The Perpendicular tower of St Martin’s stands next to the High Street, south of the town centre.

The entire building dates to the late 15th century, and has windows with 15th century glass – brought from Tattershall in the 18th century.

There are memorials within to members of the Cecil family, notably William Cecil, Lord Burghley d 1598, advisor to Queen Elizabeth.

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September 2014

Stamford, St Martin church, William Cecil, Tattershall
Stamford, St Michael
Stamford, St Michael
Stamford, St Michael

St Michael’s is a substantial church in Early English style built in 1835 by John Brown of Norwich.

The church was declared redundant in 1974 and has been converted into shops.

September 2011 

Stamford, St Michael, John Brown
Stapleford, All Saints
Stapleford, All Saints
Stapleford, All Saints

All Saints, Stapleford, was rebuilt in 1770 though medieval masonry was used for the tower.

Inside can be found a scalloped Norman capital and pillar piscina.

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Mark Acton, 2016


Stapleford, All Saints, pillar piscina
Stenigot, St Nicholas
Stenigot, St Nicholas
Stenigot, St Nicholas

Small red brick church of 1892. St Nicholas, Stenigot, contains monuments, two members of the de Guevara family who came to England with Catherine of Aragon.

They had lost their property by 1660 – the last member of the family was a hairdresser in Market Rasen.

Building locked with no key information.

Mark Acton, 2012

Stenigot, St Nicholas church, de Guevara, Catherine of Aragon
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew
Stewton, St Andrew

St Andrew's is a small greenstone church with a western wheel window and bell-cote – dating from James Fowler’s restoration of 1866.

The interior of St Andrew's is a surprise – showing the church to be largely Norman, of the late 11th century.

June 2015

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Stewton, St Andrew church, James Fowler
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter
Stixwould, St Peter

St Peter’s was rebuilt in 1831 using masonry from the earlier church.

Inside, the screen, font and some of the carved bench ends date from the 16th century.

Near the pulpit is a 13th century grave slab, said to come from Stixwould Priory.

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August 2011

Stixwould, St Peter church, priory
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew
Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew

Standing in attractive parkland, this is a substantial church with features from much of the medieval period, the earliest work being the 12th and 13th century nave arcades.

The base of the tower may date from the eleventh century.

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July 2011

Stoke Rochford, St Mary & St Andrew church
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary
Stow, St Mary

St Mary's in Stow is among the most impressive and ancient churches in Lincolnshire.

The crossing and transepts are the earliest, and may in part belong to the original Saxon building of about 1070.

Much of the nave and chancel are Norman work of the 12th century, while the tower was rebuilt in the 15th century.

In the foreground of this photo stands the 18th century village whipping post.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Stow, St Mary church, saxon, Norman, whipping post,
Stroxton, All Saints
Stroxton, All Saints
Stroxton, All Saints

Charles Kirk rebuilt All Saints’ in 1874 in Early English style, giving the church its striking tower with a saddleback roof.

Inside the nave is a Norman arch to the tower, and nave arcades dating from the late 12th and 13th centuries.

September 2009

Stroxton, All Saints, Charles Kirk, saddleback roof
Stubton, St Martin
Stubton, St Martin
Stubton, St Martin

The church of St Martin in Stubton was built on a new site between 1799 and 1800, supposedly because its medieval predecessor was too near the Hall.

The unsympathetic rock-faced chancel was added in 1869 when the nave windows were Gothicised and the Georgian character of the interior removed.

Mark Acton, 2016

Stubton, St Martin
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh
Sturton by Stow, St Hugh

St Hugh’s in Sturton-by-Stow was built as a Mission Church to the design of J. L. Pearson in 1879.

Mark Acton, 2014

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Sturton by Stow, J L Pearson, St Hugh church, Mission church
Sudbrooke, St Edward
Sudbrooke, St Edward
Sudbrooke, St Edward

St Edward’s was built in 1860 as a memorial to Richard Ellison of nearby Sudbrooke Holme.

Designed by John Dobson, the renowned Newcastle architect, the church is entirely Norman in style, with round headed windows and arches, and Norman type decoration.

December 2013

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Sudbrooke, St Edward church
Surfleet, St Laurence
Surfleet, St Laurence
Surfleet, St Laurence

The west tower of this church, hard against the former busy A16, leans considerably to the west.

It is mostly Perpendicular (no pun intended), however there are several Decorated features too.

Mark Acton

Surfleet, St Lawrence church, leaning tower,
Sutterby, St John Baptist
Sutterby, St John Baptist
Sutterby, St John Baptist

This small church stands alone in an isolated part of the Wolds.

Of greenstone with limestone dressings and much patched in brick, the building probably has 12th century origins.

There is a blocked Norman doorway on the north side.

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September 2015

Sutterby, St John Baptist church
Sutterton, St Mary
Sutterton, St Mary
Sutterton, St Mary

St Mary’s is a large impressive building with clerestory, transepts, crossing-tower and spire.

There has been much rebuilding, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, but the five-bay arcades and the chancel arch date from c1200.

The fine windows show every Gothic style of tracery.  Pevsner describes the large west window, as ‘uncommonly wilful’.

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September 2011 

Sutterton,
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas

St Nicholas is built of red brick - laid in Flemish bond - with painted ashlar dressings.

The windows are in Gothic style throughout, and there is a tiny facetted chancel at the east end.

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September 2015

Swaby, St Nicholas church
Swallow, Holy Trinity
Swallow, Holy Trinity
Swallow, Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity church in Swallow lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

The tower is Norman in origin as is the west doorway, tower arch and a west window.

The north arcade and chancel arch are 13th century but the whole church was over-restored in 1868.

Mark Acton, 2008

Swallow, Holy Trinity, church, Norman, tower
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints
Swarby, St Mary & All Saints

The broad west tower with its pinnacles  and embattled parapet is 15th century.

Much of the rest of the church dates from the extensive restoration of 1886.

The interior, however, has arcades dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.

September 2013

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Swarby, St Mary & All Saints church
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael
Swaton, St Michael

St Michael’s is a magnificent cruciform church, dating largely from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The height and width of the Decorated nave, and the quality of the window tracery are astonishing in a parish church, while the chancel is a fine example of Early English architecture.

August 2010

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Swaton, St Michael church
Swinderby, All Saints
Swinderby, All Saints
Swinderby, All Saints

All Saints, Swinderby, has a late Norman north arcade and Early English tower.

There are eighteenth-century monuments including one to a Disney.

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Mark Acton, 2016

Swinderby, All Sa8ints church, Disney
Swineshead, St Mary
Swineshead, St Mary
Swineshead, St Mary

St Mary’s has a tall Perpendicular west tower, surmounted by a beautiful octagon and spire.

The grand clerestoried nave is tall and spacious with six-bay 14th century arcades and above, a tall, rustic-looking timber roof.

The chancel screen is 15th century.

September 2011

Swineshead, St mary
Swinhope, St Helen
Swinhope, St Helen
Swinhope, St Helen

Swinhope Hall, home of the Alingtons, can be seen across a lake from the churchyard.

The church of St Helen dates largely to the thirteenth-century. A baptistery of 1860 has replaced the south aisle.

There are several Alington monuments and a hatchment. The graveyard could do with some attention.

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Mark Acton, 2014

Swinhope, St Helen church
Swinhope, St Helen, Interior
Swinhope, St Helen, Interior
Swinhope, St Helen, Interior

The nave and chancel are in one structure.  The restoration of 1860 is evident.

June 2014

Swinhope, St Helen
Swinstead, St Mary
Swinstead, St Mary
Swinstead, St Mary

Close to Grimsthorpe Park, the church of St Mary, Swinstead, has a late Norman nave arcade and Early English tower whilst the chancel and south aisle are from the Decorated period.

There is monument by Westmacott to the fifth and last Duke of Ancaster who died in 1809.

Mark Acton, 2014

Swinstead, St Mary church, Westmacott, Duke of Ancaster
Syston, St Mary
Syston, St Mary
Syston, St Mary

Thoroughly restored in 1861-2, St Mary’s, Syston has a Norman tower (with Perpendicular top), chancel arch and north arcade.

The chancel is dated 1702 but contains two Norman windows.

There are monuments to the Thorolds of Syston whose great house is long gone, stained glass by Ward & Hughes and Kempe plus furnishings by Sir Ninian Comper.

Mark Acton, 2013

Syston, St Mary church, Norman, Thorold, Ward & Hughes, Ninian Comper
Tallington, St Lawrence
Tallington, St Lawrence
Tallington, St Lawrence

The five-light east window of the chancel is 15th century. 

On the east side of the transept is a reset 13th century lancet, while to the south is a 14th century window with reticulated tracery.

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September 2014

Tallington, St Lawrence church
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity

Founded by Ralph Lord Cromwell in the 15th century, Holy Trinity is an outstanding example of Perpendicular architecture.

The tall, long cruciform building is lit by the many huge windows – those at the ends of the transepts being particularly impressive.

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September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity church, Ralph Cromwell
Tealby, All Saints
Tealby, All Saints
Tealby, All Saints

The ironstone tower of  All Saints is Norman work in its lowest stage, while the nave has architecture dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

The chancel, remodelled by James Fowler in 1871, has many memorials to members of the Tennyson d’Eyncourt family of Bayons Manor.

Frank Robinson, November 2014

Tealby, All Saints church, James Fowler, Tennyson D'Eyncourt
Temple Bruer, St John
Temple Bruer, St John
Temple Bruer, St John

St John's church was built by James Fowler of Louth in 1874.

It is rock-faced with lancet (Early English) windows.

June 2015

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Temple Bruer, St John, James Fowler
Tetney, St Peter & St Paul
Tetney, St Peter & St Paul
Tetney, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul’s is a large church dating largely from the 14th and 15th centuries, with some rebuilding and restoration by R.J. Withers in 1862.

The grey of the limestone tower contrasts with the ironstone of the rest of the building.

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June 2015

Tetney, St Peter & St Paul church, R J Withers
Theddlethorpe All Saints
Theddlethorpe All Saints
Theddlethorpe All Saints

All Saints' church is known as the 'Cathedral of the Marsh'.

The tower, nave, aisles and chancel date to the early Perpendicular period.

There are some splendid screens, eighteenth-century monuments and a rare medieval stone reredos.

It is now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

Mark Acton, 2008

Theddlethorpe All Saints, church, Churches Conservation Trust,
Thimbleby, St Margaret
Thimbleby, St Margaret
Thimbleby, St Margaret

The greenstone church of St Margaret in Thimbleby is mostly the 1879 work of the ubiquitous James Fowler of Louth.

Parts of one Decorated window and an early sedilia survive.

Closed at present (2013), the Friends of St Margaret’s Church are working hard to raise funds for its restoration.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Thimbleby, James Fowler, St Margaret church
Thoresway, St Mary
Thoresway, St Mary
Thoresway, St Mary

James Fowler rebuilt St Mary’s in 1879 and added the bell-turret with its spire.

He retained the 13th century arcades and the Norman arch at the west end.

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May 2012

Thoresway, St Mary, James Fowler
Thorganby, All Saints
Thorganby, All Saints
Thorganby, All Saints

‘A remote and beautiful spot’ to Henry Thorold.

All Saints in Thorganby retains a thirteenth-century north arcade but was sensitively restored around 1900.

There are some old square-headed bench-ends and windows by Sir Ninian Comper.

June 2014

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Thorganby, All Saints
Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid
Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid
Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid

St Wilfred’s in Martin near Horncastle has a greenstone nave and chancel.

It was restored in 1890 by Ewan Christian.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Thornton by Horncastle, St Wilfrid church, Ewan Christian.
Thornton Curtis, St Lawrence
Thornton Curtis, St Lawrence
Thornton Curtis, St Lawrence

The church of St Lawrence at Thornton Curtis dates mainly from the 13th century.

Inside there are lively stiff-leaf capitals and dog-tooth decoration on the south doorway.

The black Tournai font marble is one of few such in England. There is medieval ironwork on the south door.

Postcard, 1911

Thornton Curtis, St Lawrence church, Tournai marble, stiff leaf capitals,
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael

Rebuilt in 1722, the squat tower nevertheless has traces of Norman and 13th century work.

The rest of the church was rebuilt by C G Hare in 1912.

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May 2014

Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael church, C G Hare
Thorpe St Peter, church
Thorpe St Peter, church
Thorpe St Peter, church

The eponymous church of Thorpe St Peter is built largely in the Decorated style.

It is a small and friendly place and is the home of a colony of bats.

July 2016

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Thorpe St Peter,
Threekingham, St Peter
Threekingham, St Peter
Threekingham, St Peter

St Peter’s has an impressive 14th century broach spire and a long nave with Norman and Decorated arcades.

The chancel, with its three tall east windows is largely Norman.

Within the church are the large 13th century figures of a knight and his lady and three huge 14th century stone tombs.

September 2013

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Threekingham, St Peter church
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain
Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain

Thurlby's church has a rare dedication to St Germain.

Old-looking but mostly rebuilt in 1820. The north arcade may date from around 1300.

There are monuments to the Bromhead family – one of whom won the Victoria Cross at Rorkes Drift.

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August 2016



Thurlby by Lincoln, St Germain church, Rorke's Drift
Thurlby, St Firmin
Thurlby, St Firmin
Thurlby, St Firmin

A substantial building, St Firmin’s incorporates 400 years of stonework.

The nave arcades are 12th century, chancel and transepts 13th century, and the traceried windows and clerestory date from the 14th and 15th centuries.

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September 2014

Thurlby by Bourne, St Firmin church
Timberland, St Andrew
Timberland, St Andrew
Timberland, St Andrew

Both nave and chancel of St Andrew’s have been rebuilt since medieval times, and there was an extensive restoration in 1887.

The broad, buttressed tower of St Andrew’s, however, is partly 12th century work, while the nave arcades date from the 13th and 14th centuries.

August 2013

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Timberland, St Andrew church
Toft next Newton, St Peter & St Paul
Toft next Newton, St Peter & St Paul
Toft next Newton, St Peter & St Paul

The church of St Peter and St Paul was rebuilt in 1802, and again in 1889 by C H Fowler.

The building is in Perpendicular style, and consists of nave and chancel in one, with a western bell-cote.

The church was made redundant in 1985, and is now privately owned.

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July 2011

Toft next Newton, St Peter & St Paul church, C H Fowler
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

The tower of St Peter’s is 16th century.

Nave, aisle and chancel have plain, rendered walls and were rebuilt in 1821.

Inside are 13th century arcades, with beautiful stiff leaf capitals.

The chancel arch and the font are also 13th century.

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May 2010

Torksey, St Peter church,
Toynton All Saints
Toynton All Saints
Toynton All Saints

The low tower, long nave and chancel are all brickwork of the 18th century, the windows though being restyled in 1904.

Inside, built into the walls, are the early 13th century arcades of the medieval church.

July 2014

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Toynton All Saints, church
Toynton St Peter, church
Toynton St Peter, church
Toynton St Peter, church

Toynton St Peter's church has a Perpendicular greenstone tower. The north arcade is fourteenth-century.

The rest is of the building is the work of James Fowler of Louth in 1876-77.

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Mark Acton, 2016



Toynton St Peter, church, James Fowler
Uffington, St Michael & All Angels
Uffington, St Michael & All Angels
Uffington, St Michael & All Angels

The five-light east window of the chancel dates from the restoration of 1864.

The taller, 15th century north chapel has a fine east window with panel tracery and Victorian stained glass.

The north aisle with its Decorated style windows was rebuilt in Victorian times.

September 2014

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Uffington, St Michael & All Angels church
Ulceby with Fordington, All Saints
Ulceby with Fordington, All Saints
Ulceby with Fordington, All Saints

All Saints is a small red brick building built in 1826 and has nave, chancel and western bell-cote.

The interior was restored in 1885 and the unusual western porch was added in 1893.

The interior houses a 15th century font.

September 2015

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Ulceby with Fordington, All Saints church
Upton, All Saints
Upton, All Saints
Upton, All Saints

All Saints in Upton has a tower built around 1776. The chancel south side has much eleventh-century herringbone coursing.

There is a late Norman tympanum to the south door and a thirteenth-century north arcade.

The building was heavily restored by Ewan Christian in 1867 and James Fowler in 1874-5 and 1880.

Mark Acton, 2014

Upton, All Saints church, Ewan Christian, James Fowler
Usselby, St Margaret
Usselby, St Margaret
Usselby, St Margaret

Much of St Margaret's is built from medieval masonry having been reduced in size and restored in the eigthteenth century.

Further restoration took place under C H Fowler in 1889.

M Acton 2014

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Usselby, St Margaret, C H Fowler
Utterby, St Andrew
Utterby, St Andrew
Utterby, St Andrew

Built of chalk and ironstone, St Andrew’s largely dates from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Window tracery is Perpendicular in style, some original and some 19th century replacement.

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April 2015

Utterby, St Andrew church
Waddington, St Michael
Waddington, St Michael
Waddington, St Michael

The medieval church at Waddington was totally destroyed in May 1941 in a bombing raid on the nearby RAF base.

The present church, consecrated in 1954, has a plain exterior of Ancaster stone, with a large west window to the nave and a north-west tower.

The churchyard contains a number of Commonwealth War Graves.

May 2012

Waddington, St Michael church,
Waddingworth, St Margaret
Waddingworth, St Margaret
Waddingworth, St Margaret

The small greenstone and brick church stands next to a farm in isolated countryside - the village disappeared long ago.

Medieval in origin, St Margaret’s was rebuilt in 1807, and restored in 1913 by H F Traylen.

The church is privately owned , but is still used for occasional services.

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August 2011

Waddingworth, St Margaret church, H F Traylen
Wainfleet St Mary
Wainfleet St Mary
Wainfleet St Mary

St Mary's is a remote church, but worth a visit. Approached through an avenue of yew hedges, it lies 1.5 miles from its village.

The tower has Norman, Early English and Perpendicular parts; the nave is Early English, the rest of the church Perpendicular and Victorian.

(In 2011, the friendly priest-in-charge hailed from Texas.)

Mark Acton, 2011

Wainfleet, St Mary, church, Norman tower,
Wainfleet, All Saints
Wainfleet, All Saints
Wainfleet, All Saints

All Saints’ dates from 1821, and replaced an earlier building west of the present town.

The church is built of brick with windows in Perpendicular style. Stone niches and tall pinnacles flank the window at the west end.

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July 2014

Wainfleet All Saints, church
Walcot by Folkingham, St Nicholas
Walcot by Folkingham, St Nicholas
Walcot by Folkingham, St Nicholas

St Nicholas’s is externally 14th century, while the beautiful interior has features dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

The tall, crocketed  broach spire makes a fine landmark in the surrounding countryside.

The churchyard has a magnificent weeping beech tree!

September 2013

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Walcot by Folkingham, St Nicholas church
Walesby, All Saints
Walesby, All Saints
Walesby, All Saints

The well known and much loved medieval "Ramblers' Church" at Walesby sits beside the Viking Way long-distance footpath high on the edge of the Wolds looking out across an expanse of Lincolnshire countryside.

Ken Redmore 2010

Walesby, All Saints church, Ramblers' Church,
Waltham, All Saints
Waltham, All Saints
Waltham, All Saints

Waltham is a large village 4 miles south west of Grimsby.

Much of the interior of All Saints' church dates from c.1300 but there was extensive reconstruction, including the tower and nave, in the late nineteenth century.  James Fowler of Louth was the architect.

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Waltham, All Saints, James Fowler
Welby, St Bartholomew
Welby, St Bartholomew
Welby, St Bartholomew

The three architectural styles of the church are clearly seen: the Early English tower, the Perpendicular nave, and the chancel built in Early English style by J H Hakewill in 1873.

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April 2016



Welby, St Bartholomew
Wellingore, All Saints
Wellingore, All Saints
Wellingore, All Saints

Perched on the edge of the Cliff, All Saints, Wellingore, dates from the Decorated and Perpendicular periods.

There are old benchends and a late twelfth-century sedilia.

Mark Acton, 2013

Wellingore, All Saints church
Welton le Marsh, St Martin
Welton le Marsh, St Martin
Welton le Marsh, St Martin

Built in brick in the eighteenth-century on a medieval chalk base, St Martin’s, Welton-le-Marsh, had its windows Gothicised by interfering Victorians in 1891.

Mark Acton, August 2013

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Welton le Marsh, St Martin
Welton le Wold, St Martin
Welton le Wold, St Martin
Welton le Wold, St Martin

The tower of St Martin’s is 14th century, but the rest of the church was rebuilt in 1849 by S S Teulon.

The 19th century interior with its north arcade is in Decorated style.

November 2013

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Welton le Wold, St Martin church
Welton, St Mary
Welton, St Mary
Welton, St Mary

A plaque on the tower of St Mary’s Welton records that it was built by Thomas Bell in 1768.

Much of the rest of the building was rebuilt in the nineteenth century, though the church retains its original 13th century arcades.

The large north vestry of 1912 is by Temple Moore.

May 2016

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Welton, St Mary church, Thomas Bell, Temple Moore
West Ashby, All Saints
West Ashby, All Saints
West Ashby, All Saints

All Saints is built of greenstone, and has a 12th century doorway, and a north arcade of c1200.

Much of the building, including the west tower is 15th century.

The church was extensively restored by Ewan Christian in 1872.

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September 2006

West Ashby, All Saints church, Ewan Christian
West Butterwick, St Mary
West Butterwick, St Mary
West Butterwick, St Mary

St Mary's was built in 1841 by Charles Briggs. A pale yellow brick has been used throughout.

August 2015

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West Butterwick, St Mary church, Charles Briggs
West Deeping, St Andrew
West Deeping, St Andrew
West Deeping, St Andrew

Externally, much of St Andrew’s is Perpendicular in style, and dates from the late 14th century.

Inside, the Early English arcades and chancel arch are 13th century, while the chancel itself is 14th century.

September 2014

West Deeping, St Andrew church
West Halton, St Etheldreda
West Halton, St Etheldreda
West Halton, St Etheldreda

The tower of St Etheldreda's, like the rest of the church was rebuilt after the fire of 1692.

Two medieval windows have been re-used; the lower one in the west wall of the tower is Jacobean.

The Perpendicular windows in the nave and chancel have been retained despite rebuilds and restoration.

August 2015

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West Halton, St Etheldreda church, Jacobean
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen
West Keal, St Helen

A fine landmark on the southern edge of the Wolds, St Helen’s dates largely from the 14th and 15th centuries, most notably the arcades inside with their interesting carved capitals.

Externally, the church has been much patched and restored. The chancel was rebuilt in limestone in 1867 by G E Street.

July 2014

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West Keal, St Helen church, G E Street
West Pinchbeck, St Bartholomew
West Pinchbeck, St Bartholomew
West Pinchbeck, St Bartholomew

Built in 1848 by William Butterfield, St Bartholomew’s has a four-bay nave, north aisle and chancel, with windows in Decorated style.

A buttress at the west end supports a bell-cote.

September 2011

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West Pinchbeck, St Bartholomew
West Rasen, All Saints
West Rasen, All Saints
West Rasen, All Saints

All Saints’ is a large ironstone church dating largely from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The tall clerestoried interior has an Early English south arcade, and there is Norman arcade built into the north wall.

July 2013

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West Rasen, All Saints church
West Torrington, St Mark
West Torrington, St Mark
West Torrington, St Mark

St Mark’s was rebuilt in 1860 by R J Withers re-using medieval masonry, and consists of nave with western bell-cote and chancel.

The building is no longer in use as a church.

August 2013

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West Torrington, St Mark church, R J Withers
Westborough, All Saints
Westborough, All Saints
Westborough, All Saints

All Saints is an impressive church in a mixture of architectural styles.

Of particular note are the Early English arcades of c1190 and the 13th century transept with its huge window.

The building retains two 18th century wall paintings, and has a fine carved Norman font.

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August 2012

Westborough, All Saints church
Whitton, St John
Whitton, St John
Whitton, St John

The village of Whitton sits above the Humber and the church occupies a particularly imposing position.

The tower and tower arch of St John's are Norman. The rest is the work of W Bassett Smith in the 1890s.

St John’s is that rarest of things in the area – an unlocked church.

April 2015

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Whitton, St John church, W Bassett Smith
Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence
Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence
Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence

G G Scott restored the church in 1878, and added the west tower.

There is a fine 13th century arcade, and windows in 14th and 15th century styles.

Other features are the 15th century screen and a 19th century reredos.

May 2008

Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence, G G Scott
Wigtoft, St Peter & St Paul
Wigtoft, St Peter & St Paul
Wigtoft, St Peter & St Paul

An impressive church, with elegant 13th century nave arcades, 14th century tracery in its aisle windows, and clerestory, tower and spire all 15th century work.

Some Norman masonry survives at the base of the tower.

September 2011

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Wigtoft, St Peter & St Paul church
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints
Wilksby, All Saints

Built of greenstone and brick, the small church of All Saints, Wilksby, is mostly eighteenth-century and has windows with wooden tracery.

Remote even by Lincolnshire standards.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Wilksby, All Saints church, greenstone, brick
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

Much of St Helen’s, Willingham-by-Stow, dates from 1880.

There is a small Norman window in the tower, a blocked Transitional north doorway and a chancel arch possibly from the late seventeenth-century.

The east window was gifted by rector the Revd Lord Hawke, father of Martin, Lord Hawke, stalwart of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and President of MCC.

July 2015

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Willingham by Stow, St Helen church, Lord Hawke,
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

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Willoughby, St Helen
Willoughton, St Andrew
Willoughton, St Andrew
Willoughton, St Andrew

Only the chancel arch and the remains of a chancel window survive from the medieval building.

The church of St Andrew in Willoughton was rebuilt in 1794.

There is monument to Nicholas Sutton (died 1602) in the chancel.

Mark Acton, 2014

Willoughton, St Andrew
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.

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April 2016



Wilsford, St Mary church, Kirk and Parry
Wilsthorpe, St Faith
Wilsthorpe, St Faith
Wilsthorpe, St Faith

St Faith’s was built in Georgian style in 1715, to replace a medieval church.

James Fowler restored the building in 1869, restyling all the windows and adding the shingled broach spire.

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September 2014

Wilsthorpe, St Faith church, James Fowler
Winteringham, All Saints
Winteringham, All Saints
Winteringham, All Saints

The tower of All Saints, Winteringham, is Perpendicular.

The north nave arcade is clearly Norman, the south perhaps Transitional.

The chancel is from the Early English period.

April 2015

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Winteringham, All Saints church
Winterton, All Saints
Winterton, All Saints
Winterton, All Saints

All Saints church, Winterton, has an Anglo-Saxon tower heightened in the 13th century and pinnacled in the 15th century.

The nave, transepts and aisles are in the Early English style. There is good Victorian glass by Kempe.

Mark Acton, 2007

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Winterton, All Saints church, Kempe
Winthorpe, St Mary
Winthorpe, St Mary
Winthorpe, St Mary

The church of St Mary’s, Winthorpe, is a typical Perpendicular marshland edifice though containing late twelfth-century fragments.

The ornate south porch dates from 1520. The interior has much fine woodwork – rood screen, parclose screens, chancel seats, benchends and roof bosses.

It is close to Skegness but seeming remote.

Mark Acton, August 2013

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Winthorpe, St Mary
Wispington, St Margaret
Wispington, St Margaret
Wispington, St Margaret

Declared redundant in 1975, St Margaret’s in Wispington was built in 1863 by J B Atkinson of York.

Its font, pulpit and a relief of St Margaret were sculpted by the Rev. Charles Pratt Terrot, the then vicar.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Wispington, St Margaret church, Charles Pratt Terrot, J B Atkinson
Withcall, St Martin
Withcall, St Martin
Withcall, St Martin

Built in 1882 at the expense of Nathaniel Clayton the Lincoln engineer and to the design of Sir Arthur Blomfield.

The windows of St Martin’s, Withcall, are in the Early English lancet style.

Mark Acton, 2013

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Withcall, St martin church, Arthur Blomfield, Nathaniel Clayton
Wold Newton, All Hallows
Wold Newton, All Hallows
Wold Newton, All Hallows

The ironstone and limestone church of All Hallows stands on the hillside above the village.

It was built in 1862 by James Fowler in early Gothic style.

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June 2014

Wold Newton, All Hallows church, James Fowler
Wood Enderby, St Benedict
Wood Enderby, St Benedict
Wood Enderby, St Benedict

The greenstone church of St Benedict was rebuilt by George Hackford in 1860. The building comprises nave, north aisle and chancel, with a west tower and broach spire in Early English style.

The church was declared redundant in 1976.

September 2006

Wood Enderby, St Benedict church
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew

The church of St Andrew, Woodhall Spa, now demolished, was built in 1846.

It stood at the north-western side of the crossroads in the centre of the town, where the small churchyard survives.

Because of the steep rise in population growth following the success of the spa, the much larger St Peter's church was built on Broadway in 1893.

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa, St Andrew, demolished,
Woodhall Spa, St Peter
Woodhall Spa, St Peter
Woodhall Spa, St Peter

A brick church, with a tiny half-timbered bell-turret and spire, St Peter’s was designed by Hodgson Fowler and opened in 1893, becoming the parish church in 1915.

The spacious interior has a carved rood screen and a reredos.

August 2013

Woodhall Spa, St Peter church, Hodgson Fowler
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James

The ironstone church of St James’ dates from 1847, and was built in early 14th century style by G Place of Nottingham.

The church has a rich interior, with painted decorations in the chancel by Lady Adeliza Manners, who laid the foundation stone.

September 2009

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Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, St James church
Wragby, All Saints
Wragby, All Saints
Wragby, All Saints

Built in yellow brick by W A Nicholson, All Saints’ dates from 1839.

The church has tall lancet windows, gabled buttresses and tall pinnacles.

The sizable interior has a west gallery and a rare early organ.

August 2013

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Wragby, All Saints church
Wrangle, St Mary & St Nicholas
Wrangle, St Mary & St Nicholas
Wrangle, St Mary & St Nicholas

This is principally a perpendicular church but with older elements.

The south doorway is from the early English period with dog-ttoth and leaf cusps on the trefoiled entrance.

Mark Acton 2010

Wrangle, St Mary & St Nicholas church
Wroot, St Pancras
Wroot, St Pancras
Wroot, St Pancras

St Pancras at Wroot stands alone to the SE of the village, with wide views over the surrounding countryside.

The red brick church was built in 1878 on the site of earlier churches.

John Wesley was a curate to his father here from 1727 to 1729.

August 2015

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Wroot, St Pancras church, John Wesley
Wyberton, St Leodegar
Wyberton, St Leodegar
Wyberton, St Leodegar

Externally, Wyberton church is Perpendicular in style apart from the brick Georgian apsaidal chancel.

Inside the clerestoried nave are tall five-bay arcades of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Above is a fine 15th century roof with angels and bosses.

In medieval times, this grand church had a central tower, until its collapse in the 15th century.

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September 2011

Wyberton, St Leodegar church, Georgian apse
Wyville, St Catherine
Wyville, St Catherine
Wyville, St Catherine

The church of St Catherine at Wyville is in a tiny hamlet near the Lincolnshire - Leicestershire border south-west of Grantham. It was built in 1858 in the Early English style.

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September 2016



Wyville, St Catherine
Yarburgh, St John Baptist
Yarburgh, St John Baptist
Yarburgh, St John Baptist

St. John Baptist's church, Yarburgh, was rebuilt after a fire in 1405 and is Perpendicular throughout.

The south aisle has disappeared. There are some old and rustic bench-ends.

It is now in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust.

June 2015

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Yarburgh, St John Baptist church