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Grainsby Hall
Grainsby Hall
Grainsby Hall

This house came to William Haigh through marriage in the early nineteenth century.

His son, William Henry, enlarged the house and added Italian stucco decoration to the front.

During World War 2 the house was occupied by the army and it was left in need of extensive repair that were too expensive for the Haigh family.

It was demolished in 1973.

More details about this house and its owners can be found in T R Leach and R Pacey's book, 'Lost Lincolnshire Country Houses: Volume 2', published by SLHA.  Buy a copy.

Grainsby, Hall, William Haigh,
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
Grainsby, St Nicholas
Grainsby, St Nicholas
Grainsby, St Nicholas

Undated postcard.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states "The church of St. Nicholas is a plain edifice of brick and stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western Norman tower containing 3 bells:

there is a stained window in the chancel, erected by the late rector as a memorial to his mother, and an ancient screen:

the chancel is fitted with returned stalls beautifully carved:

inside the tower stands an ancient boulder stone:

the walls of the church are calcined and exhibit marks of fire said to have been caused by the Danes in one of their incursions:

in the tower is a vesica-shaped window of the 11th century:

there are 120 sittings"

Grainsby, Church, Saint Nicholas