St Margaret

The first view one has of the village is that of the tower of the greenstone church of St Margaret with its dominating red clock. Created in 1787 by horologist Edmund Howard, the long drop clock is truly a remarkable piece of engineering.

About this church

First reference to a church on the site was in 1281 and it is thought the present church, constructed in 1764 is the third or fourth to be built. Probably St Margarets’s most famous rector was George Thackeray, cousin to novelist Wlliam Makepiece Thackeray. During his life he gifted the oak pulpit to the church.

The church was restored again in 1895 and the tower was further heightened in 1930. The door to the South side of the church is said to be made of bog oak which came from a large tree uncovered during the excavations for the Boston to Lincoln railway line.
There are many features within the church to discover, including a colourful reredos behind the altar. On the north wall is a tablet in memory of Revd Joseph Carr who died in 1768. More recent is the stained glass window in the west end of the church, installed in 1988 and given in tribute to FE Read, a local farmer and long time church warden. It depicts his farming interests, especially that of breeding Lincoln Red cattle.

The view from the window on a summer’s evening is simply stunning.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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