St Nicholas

No other church can boast pew ends that were eaten off by horses being stabled overnight by Oliver Cromwell's army during the Battle of Winceby!

About this church

Hidden down a lane away from the village can be found the atmospheric church of St Nicholas. Built of Ancaster stone and greenstone, the building is mainly 14th century but it does still retain some 13th century architecture, in particular in the windows which date from that period. A memorial to Sir Robert Silkstone (1290-1347) can be found in the south aisle of the church. He was responsible for the complete restoration of the church.

There are some delightful 15th century oak screens with delicate tracery to be seen as well as remains of other medieval screens. Other treasures worth a visit are the altar back statue of Jesus and lamb which is carved from a single piece of oak and the mosaic tiled floor in the chancel. There is also a statue of three angels which dates back to medieval times and a 15th century font.

A mission room, in connection with the church was built in 1896. Restoration work was also carried out in 1906 by WD Caroe, who added the clerestory at that time.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Helen

St Helen's is a Grade II* listed church which dates back to the 13th century and has some interesting medieval pew ends (poppy heads) and a bell dating from 1490 on the base of the tower floor. It is well worth visiting this beautiful church.


St Peter & St Paul

Delightful small church nestling in Hareby, a tiny village situated on thenLincolnshire Wolds with beautiful views to the southeast looking across the fens.

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