St Peter

The village of Normanby le Wold has a population of between 60 and 70 and within its parish boundaries has the trig point for the highest point of Lincolnshire at 550ft.

About this church

St Peters church is used regularly for worship and the harvest festival and carol services are particularly popular, drawing visitors from the area as a whole. The Viking Way long distance footpath passes the church and, as our visitors book records, many walkers take time to savour this quiet rural location and to visit the church to experience its peace.

There has been a worshipping community on this site for many centuries and the Doomsday Book mentions a church at Normanby although today there is no trace of what was presumably an Anglo Saxon building. The present building was probably built in the 13th century and the earliest parish registers, now held in the Lincoln County Archives, date back to 1561. By 1867 the building was described as 'dilapidated' and the parish appointed Louth architect John Fowler to restore the church.

During the following year he built an entirely new chancel (which he painted duck egg blue), rebuilt the medieval south aisle, restored the tower, designed a new reredos, raised the roof of the nave, and added new windows, floors and pews all at a cost of £1000!

The east window contains 10 panels of painted German glass from 18th century depicting biblical scenes and the window to the right of the altar is by Kempe (1897) and was brought to this church from neighbouring Claxby.

Key Features

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

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You will find St Mary's Claxby on a back lane with glorious views north across the Wolds towards Nettleton Top.

St Mary

A local custom here is that the church gates are closed and tied with twine whilst a couple are being married in the church and untied after the groom has lifted his bride over the gates; this symbolising the beginning of a happy life together.

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