Tattershall, Holy Trinity Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The most easily noticed characteristic of Holy Trinity is its sheer size; the building is huge! Not surprisingly, then, there is a sense of light and spaciousness, in part because so much of the original coloured stained glass has disappeared and been replaced by clear panes of glass - more on that in a minute.
The transepts are particularly large. Of particular note in the interior is the stone pulpitum between the nave and chancel. This is ornately carved, with niches for statuary and altars.
The villagers were having none of that, and they refused to let 'their' glass be sold. They organized a protest for the day when the removal was scheduled to take place. The high-handed lord of the manor got wind of the protest and enlisted the aid of a neighbouring lord. The men of the two lords came in the dead of the night and removed the glass without warning, so that the villagers awoke to find their church stripped bare. The Earl of Derby offered to replaced the stained glass with clear glass, and this was done in the nave.
The church is profusely decorated with the emblem of Ralph Cromwell - a purse, indicating his station as Treasurer of the realm. By the font is a memorial plaque to Tom Thumb (d. 1620), who was only 18 inches (47cm) tall, and lived to the age of 101.
At the time of our visit Tattershall church was experience a great deal of trouble with bats. The medieval brasses in the north transept were covered with protective sheets to avoid damage from bat droppings. Though this does have the effect of protecting the brasses from damage, it unfortunately does mean that they may not always be uncovered and viewable by visitors to the church.
About Tattershall Church
Address: Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England, LN4 4LR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Immediately beside Tattershall Castle, signposted parking off the main A153 road through the town.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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