All Saints

Georgian and was built out of limestone in 1754, the church is widely regarded as one of the smallest complete churches in England with a nave just 21ft long, the tiny apsidal chancel gives some idea of the scale.

About this church

Our decoration brings out the colours of the Aspidal chancel central Venetian window and the unique space creates a calm and reflective atmosphere. Terrier records from as far back as the 1260s show that the parish of Pilham was granted to its incumbents by members of the Royal family of the day. In 1261 Edward I granted his relative Richard the Crusader the parish of Pilham along with the neighbouring villages of Heapham and Springthorpe. He then appointed John de Sicca Villa as rector or the parishes. De Sicca Villa went on then become rector of All Hallows, London. Pilham's rector in 1339 was related to the Chief Baron of the Exchequer and in 1378 the rector Richard de Ecton was appointed directly by King Richard III. Queen Anne appointed the rectors in 1388 and 1391 and Queen Katherine appointed those who held the office in 1423 and 1431. These 'Royal links' continued with successive monarchs from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria having made documented appointments to this little parish on the edge of rural Lincolnshire. In the chancel is a monument to Revd William Dunkin, who died in 1838. It is in the form of a Greek altar with anthemion in pediment and flaming urn with acanthus base above. In the chancel are good stained glass windows, and the early nave windows retain their delicate geometric shape. Our decoration brings out the colours of the Aspidal chancel central Venetian window and the unique space creates a calm and reflective atmosphere. Terrier records from as far back as the 1260s show that the parish of Pilham was granted to its incumbents by members of the Royal family of the day. In 1261 Edward I granted his relative Richard the Crusader the parish of Pilham along with the neighbouring villages of Heapham and Springthorpe. He then appointed John de Sicca Villa as rector or the parishes. De Sicca Villa went on then become rector of All Hallows, London.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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