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Brothertoft, Old School
Brothertoft, Old School
Brothertoft, Old School

The first school at Brothertoft was built by Thomas Gee of Brothertoft Hall in 1856 and Elizabeth Arlam was the first school mistress.

This school, known as Hedgehog Bridge School, opened in 1881 and closed in December 1969. It is now in use as the Village Hall.

OR, are we mistaken, and is this actually Barley Sheaf School, which opened 1882 and closed 1969?

July 2017

Brothertoft,
Brothertoft, Old School
Brothertoft, Old School
Brothertoft, Old School

Another view of the former primary school one mile south-east of Langrick Bridge on the B1192.

July 2017

Brothertoft, old school
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert

A Victorian church that merits very few words in Pevner's book on Lincolnshire churches.

It was rebullt using some medieval masonry by Stephen Lewin in 1847 (nave) and 1854 (chancel).

Peter Kirk Collection, 1993

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Stephen Lewin
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert

View from the south-east shows the east window of the 1854 chancel in Perpendicular style.

The stained glass in this window is by William Wailes*.

August 2018

* William Wailes (1808-1881) of Newcastle upon Tyne was a prolific designer and maker of stained glass for churches.

Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert

The view from the north-west shows the buttressed west end to the nave and an unusual window in the roof.

August 2018

Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, bellcote
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, bellcote
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, bellcote

The bellcote over the west end of the church is finely decorated.

August 2018

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, bellcote
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Chancel
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Chancel
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Chancel

The tiny chancel, which is similar to Swineshead St Mary’s, was rebuilt by Lewin in 1854.

Chris Squires, 2023

Chris Squires, 2023, chancel
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, doorway
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, doorway
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, doorway

The main doorway to the church is at the west end with a rose window above.

August 2018

Brothertoft, St Gilbert
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, East Window
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, East Window
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, East Window

The east window in Perpendicular style is by William Wailes.

Wailes (1808-1891) was a prolific glass designer based in north-east England. Examples of his work can be seen in a dozen Lincolnshire churches.

Chris Squires, 2023

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, window, William Wailes
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Font
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Font
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Font

The octagonal font on an octagonal stem has carved representations of flowers in recessed panels on each face.

The decorative font cover is an unusual and attractive feature. 

Chris Squires, 2023

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, font
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Interior View
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Interior View
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Interior View

In this view down the nave towards the west the narrowness of the building is apparent.

Pews are barely long enough for 4 adults and the organ stool nearly encroaches on the centre aisle.

An attractive rose window brings light to the gallery.

Chris Squires, 2023

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, rose window
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, label stop
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, label stop
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, label stop

The hood moulding over the west doorway is terminated by this stop in the form of a crowned medieval head.

August 2018

Brothertoft, St Gilbert. stop
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Roof
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Roof
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, Roof

The elaborate hammerbeam roof supported by octagonal corbels is an unusual – and unnecessary - construction for so small a church.

One of the corbels represents a bishop wearing a full bottomed wig with mitre on top.

Chris Squires, 2023

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, hammerbeam roof
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, View from Gallery
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, View from Gallery
Brothertoft, St Gilbert, View from Gallery

A view down the nave from the small gallery over at the west end of the church.

At the east end of the nave is the pulpit (on the left) and a small pipe organ (right).

Chris Squires, 2023

Brothertoft, St Gilbert, gallery
Langrick Ferry, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Langrick Ferry, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Langrick Ferry, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The new chapel, opened in 1868, was immediately across the road from its predecessor (1861-68).

The building ceased to be used as a chapel in 1990 and was sold three years later, before conversion to a store shed.

It is located at NGR TF 266 476 in Holland Fen with Brothertoft parish.

Barry Barton, 1980

Brothertoft, Langrick Ferry Wesleyan Methodist Chapel