History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There is a very popular candlelight carol service here on the second Saturday in December and a dawn service on Easter. There are fabulous views from Walesby church, looking west towards Lincoln. Those views are the reason the hilltop was used to build a beacon in 1588 as part of the defences against the Spanish Armada invasion.
In 1988 a replica of the original Elizabethan beacon was erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first sighting of the Armada.
The second, modern church was built in 1913 by architect Temple Moore, in Arts and Crafts style. A hurricane in the 1930s caused damage to the spire, so it had to be removed. In 2008 an earthquake caused a large crack to appear in the tower and masonry began to fall, so the church had to be shut for safety. As far as we can determine it has now been reopened.
Walesby was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was called Walesbi. The current population is about 200.
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Address: Walesby, Lincolnshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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