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Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, Chancel
Bardney, St Lawrence, chancel trompe d'oeil
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist pulpit
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist, reredos
Belleau, St John Baptist
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hugh of Lincoln

This figurine is on the east wall of the chancel.

St Hugh (1135-1200) was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1186. He is depicted carrying a model of the Lincoln Cathedral, which he was instrumental in restoring.

August 2013

Bilsby, St Nicholas church, St Hugh of Lincoln
Bilsby, Holy&nbspTrinity, St Hilda
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda
Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda

This figurine is on the east wall of the chancel.

St Hilda (614-680) founded Whitby Abbey.  It is a model of the abbey church she carries here.

August 2013

Bilsby, Holy Trinity, St Hilda
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting
Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul, Armada painting

The following notes are provided in the church:

'This extraordinary and most probably unique picture is painted on six horizontal wooden planks, curving on the left-hand side to fit the chancel arch where it hung as part of a tympanum until some time between 1830 and 1879. it is 5ft 1in high and 6ft 10in wide tapering to 5ft 11in at the top.

At the bottom is an inscription:
Robert Stephenson: Spaines proud armado with great strength and power / Great Britain's stae came gapeing to devour. / This dragon's guts like Pharoas scattered hoast / Lay splitt and drown's upon the Irish Coast. / For of eight score save too ships sent from Spaine / But twenty five scarce sound return'd again.

The dragon is scarlet and fills the centre of the picture in a huge ovel sweep, encircling a small fleet and with more ships in every twist of its body and tail. Projecting from the edge of the picture into the sea around it are promontories of land labelled for lack of  sophisticated cartographical layout.

In the top left corner is Hibernia, with lower down a ship of war flying St Patrick's cross. Many smaller ships also have this flag. In the bottom left corner is France. To the top right is Scotland with a huge fleet crowded around its coast and to the lower right Angliae. Here the troops are marshalled on the shore behind a drummer and a standard. The flag has the cross of St George recognisable in the corner.

The Spanish fleet is clustered around the red dragon referred to in the inscription and in the process of being wrecked on the shores of Scotland and Ireland. Fire ships are to be seen floating into the midst of them. The English soldiers with drummer wait on the shore beside a small town.

It seems possible that the picture was painted soon after the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) and was repaired in the first half of the 17th century.

There are mortices in the chancel arch showing the former positions of the rood beam. The painting presumably fitted into half of the space between this and the top of the screen filling the gap left by the removal of the rood.'

The painting currently hangs on the west wall of the nave above the tower arch.

May 2016

Bratoft, St Peter & St Paul. Armada painting
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting
Carlby, St Stephen, wall painting

Above the chancel arch are fragments of a medieval Doom painting a depiction of the Last Judgement.

September 2014

Carlby, St Stephen church, wall painting
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Coningsby, St Michael, label stop

One of several decorated stops at the springing points of the arches in the arcades in St Michael's.

April 2016




Coningsby, St Michael, label stop
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting
Corby Glen, St John Evangelist, wall painting

A medieval wall painting in the north aisle of the church of St John the Evangelist in Corby Glen.

Mark Acton, 2014

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

In 1883-84 Bodley redecorated much of the church, including the painted chancel ceiling.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, ceiling, Bodley
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

The restoration work of Bodley in 1883-84 included the screen between nave and chancel.

Only a small lower portion of the rood is thought to be original.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, chancel screen, Bodley
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence
Corringham, St Laurence

The impressive reredos behind the altar was introduced by Bodley as part of the 1883-84 restoration scheme.

May 2012

Corringham, St Laurence, reredos, Bodley
Croft, All Saints, brass
Croft, All Saints, brass
Croft, All Saints, brass

Late thirteenth or early fourteenth century brass of a knight wearing chain mail. Only the head, shoulders and arms are preserved from what at one time was probably a complete figure.

This is said to be one of the four or five earliest surviving brasses in England.

May 2016

Croft, All Saints, brass, chain mail
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary
East Barkwith, St Mary

An embossed plaster frieze in the chancel at St Mary's.

July 2012

East Barkwith, St Mary church
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling
Garthorpe, St Mary, chancel ceiling

The chancel ceiling still carries its original decoration of 1913.

August 2015

Garthorpe, St Mary church, chancel ceiling
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos
Gedney, St Mary Magdalen, Reredos

The interior of Gedney Church has a range of interesting features.

This striking reredos was restored in the nineteenth century.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Gedney, Early English, Perpendicular,
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood
Grimoldby, St Edith, rood

The rood in the chancel arch.

June 2015

Grimoldby, St Edith church, rood screen
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito
Haceby, St Margaret, Graffito

Among the graffiti in the porch is this image of a simple four-sailed post mill.

September 2013

Haceby, St Margaret, windmill graffiti
Haugh, St Leonard, figure
Haugh, St Leonard, figure
Haugh, St Leonard, figure

This small figure, in recess with canopy, is situated on the east wall of the chancel to the left of the altar.

September 2015

Haugh, St Leonard church, figure
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration
Langwirth, St Hugh, decoration

Detail of the decorated and gilded beam in front of the chancel at St Hugh's. This was originally in the chapel at Walmsgate probably designed by Henry Wilson in 1901.

May 2016



Langworth, St Hugh, internal decoration, Henry Wilson, Walmsgate
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints
Laughton, All Saints

The fine painted chancel ceiling which dates the restoration of the 1890s by Bodley and Garner.

May 2010

Laughton, All Saints, ceiling, Bodley Garner
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Ceiling
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Ceiling
Leadenham, St Swithin, Chancel Ceiling

There are several 19th century fittings inside St Swithin's.

Of particular note is the chancel roof that was hand painted by Pugin in 1841.

April 2013

Leadenham, St Swithin, chancel ceiling, Pugin
Leadenham, St Swithin, Reredos
Leadenham, St Swithin, Reredos
Leadenham, St Swithin, Reredos

The reredos and panelling in the chancel were installed in the mid-nineteenth century when much of the church's interior was refurbished.

April 2013

Leadenham, St Swithin, reredos
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Marston, St Mary, floor tiles

Colourful Victorian floor tiles in the chancel.

March 2016

Marston, St Mary, floor tiles
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling
Nettleham, All Saints, Chancel Ceiling

Following the fire of 1969 which destroyed the chancel ceiling, it was renewed in line with Bodley and Garner's designs of the 1880s, but using brighter colours.

May 2012

Nettleham, All Saints, chancel ceiling, Bodley and Garner
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting
Nettleham, All Saints, Wall Painting

Thirteenth century wall painting in the nave.

May 2012

Nettleham, All Saints, wall painting
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit
Partney, St Nicholas, pulpit

This highly decorated pulpit dates from the restoration of 1862.

September 2015

Partney, St Nicholas church, pulpit
Rigsby, St James, reredos
Rigsby, St James, reredos
Rigsby, St James, reredos

The richly decorated tiled reredos above the altar.

September 2015

Rigsby, St James church, reredos
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles
Sausthorpe, St Andrew, floor tiles

The floor tiles in the chancel.

September 2015

Sausthorpe, St Andrew church, floor tiles
Scothern, St Germain, painting
Scothern, St Germain, painting
Scothern, St Germain, painting

Behing the altar in the reredos is this Italian-style painting of the Adoration of the Magi, probably dating from the seventeenth century.

May 2016

Scothern, St Germain church, painting, adoration of the Magi
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss

This one of several roof bosses conserved and mounted on display at the west end of the church.

April 2016



Silk Willoughby, St Denis, roof boss
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas, chancel ceiling

 The chancel ceiling was decorated by Stephen Dykes-Bower* in 1959.

August 2016

* Stephen Dykes Bower (1903-1994) was a renowned Gothic Revival designer, responsible for restoration work in many churches including Westminster Abbey. 

Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas church, chancel ceiling, Stephen Dykes-Bower
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital
Sudbrooke, St Edward, capital

The capital supporting one of the ribs in the vaulted apse.

May 2016

Sudbrooke, St Edward church, capital
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure
Utterby, St Andrew, angel figure

One of the superb paper model angels hanging in the nave of St Andrew's church. They formed a unique decoration for Christmas 2012.

April 2015

Utterby, St Andrew church, angel decoration
Welton, St Mary, ceiling
Welton, St Mary, ceiling
Welton, St Mary, ceiling

The ceiling over the chancel and apse are decorated with a red and black stencilled pattern.

May 2016

Welton, St Mary church, ceiling
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel
West Deeping, St Andrew, chancel

The tiled interior of the chancel and the reredos with its mosaics date from the restoration in 1874 by Butterfield.

September 2014

West Deeping, St Andrew church, chancel, Butterfield
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting
Westborough, All Saints, wall painting

An eighteenth-century painting of Death on the west wall in an arched panel.

Mark Acton, 2016

Westborough, All Saints, wall painting, death
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles
Withcall, St Martin, floor tiles

Minton tiles cover the sanctuary floor around the altar.

July 2013

Withcall, St Martinchurch, floor tiles, Minton