Historic Churches in Lincolnshire
This page Great Steeping, All Saints Church - Marton Church
There are two All Saints churches in Great Steeping; this is the 'Old' church, built in 1748 from an earlier medieval church. Despite its medieval origins, the church is very Georgian in feel, with round-headed multi-paned windows set in wall of local greensand and bricks.
A small country church on the edge of the Lincolnshire Fens, St Barbara's church is an attractive medieval building consisting of a nave with clerestory, chancel, south aisle, south porch, and three storey west tower.
A lovely Norman country church, very simple in plan, consisting of only a nave, chancel, and south porch, with a peculiar little wooden bell turret set off centre of the west gable.
A Victorian Gothic church with a lovely spire built in imitation of that at nearby Louth, looking almost too slender and delicate to be built of stone. All Saints was erected in 1841 at the instigation of then rector, Rev G A Chaplin.
One of the finest medieval parish churches in Lincolnshire. Heckington boasts a superb Easter Sepulchre, one of the best in England. This 14th century church boasts superb Decorated Gothic carving and the architectural detail makes it one of the most memorable churches from this period.
A restored medieval church notable for its association with Katherine Swynford, wife of John of Gaunt. Katherine lived at the manor of Kettlethorpe before 1371, while she was married to Sir Hugh Swynford. A gateway arch (restored) from that manor still stands, and there is a medieval cross in the churchyard.
A redundant country church worth visiting for its medieval memorials to the Disney family, ancestors of film-maker Walt Disney. There are three 14th century memorials, two effigies to William Disney, father and son. The elder Disney fought with the Black Prince, the younger died in the terrible Black Death of 1349. The final Disney memorial is a very unusual carved tomb slab with a floriated cross where the body should be.
If Lincoln Cathedral were merely an empty shell, it would still deserve a visit for the extraordinary exterior. Here is art in stone. The west front, in particular, is magnificent in its use of sculptural detail and the richness of its design. Lincoln was largely rebuilt beginning in 1186 after a fire destroyed the earlier Norman church. Under the direction of Hugh of Avalon (Great Saint Hugh), the choir and eastern transepts were built, followed (1215-55) by the nave and chapter house. The angel choir is a masterpiece of the Decorated style. Look up at the central tower. It rises to 271 feet. Now imagine a spire extending another 284 feet up! That tower fell down in 1548. In the south east porch is the "Judgement Portal", with its marvellous relief carvings of Christ presiding over the Last Day, and in the choir is the "crazy vault" of intertwining ribs crisscrossing the bay. Everywhere you look are incredible carvings in wood and stone. Plan on spending a long time at Lincoln Cathedral.
A charmingly simple Victorian Gothic church, built of colourful brick and stone in 1861. The building consists of only a small nave, even smaller chancel, south porch, and an elegant little wooden spire.
A small country church which dates mostly to the 11th century, with much evidence of late Saxon work. The west tower features traditional herringbone Saxon stonework, and there is a Saxon cross shaft embedded in the wall of the tower. In the chancel is an unusual 12th century stone crucifix.
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