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Happy Horncastle

Discover the wonder of Horncastle’s sacred heritage.

A small area of Lincolnshire, tucked away in the East of the county but brimming with fascination and intrigue. Churches nestling in picturesque villages, hidden hamlets and bustling market towns hide secrets of the area’s history and heritage.

Read stories wanting to be told. Take shelter whilst walking many footpaths that wind their way through the Lincolnshire Wolds, and discover these forgotten churches whilst taking a well earned rest. Be surprised when you open a door to find a treasure trove of stained glass, monument and wonderful carvings.

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Every church has a story to tell.

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Happy Horncastle churches to tempt you!

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St Andrew, Apley

This may be one of the smallest churches in the area but it is a gem, well worth a visit to see the font, a perfect miniature replica of the font in St Mary Magdalene Church, Oxford.

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All Saints, Gautby

Through the memorials and statues, discover the plight of young Frederick Vyner whilst travelling in Greece.

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St Andrew, Minting

Built close to the site of a Benedictine priory in the beautiful village of Minting, one of the few ‘thankful villages’ in the UK, where all the young men from the parish who went fought in the First World War returned safely.

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Raithby Methodist Chapel

The oldest Methodist chapel in Lincolnshire, built above the old stables at Raithby Hall and one of the country’s few surviving chapels that was opened by John Wesley in 1779.

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St John the Divine, Southrey

Wooden church built as a temporary structure in 1898 by a local carpenter. But where did the stones in the foundations come from?

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St Andrew, Stainfield

Beautiful Queen Ann church, home to a collection of exquisite tapestries depicting the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed.

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St Michael, Coningsby

The 15th century tower commands over this large village church houses the largest one handed clock in the world as well as having unusual footpath running through its base.

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St Margaret, Roughton

Housing an unusual feature, eight 17th century paint pots, still containing the original pigments that were used to create the wall paintings present in the church.

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Holy Trinity, Tattershall

Lincolnshire’s grandest Perpendicular church, well worth a visit to see its connections with Tattershall Castle, Captain John Smith of Pocohontas fame as well as being home to several hundred bats.

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All Saints, Hammeringham

Two bullet holes in the exterior of the West wall remind us of the closeness of the church to the site of the Battle of Winceby that took place nearby during the Civil War in 1643.

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St Helen, Mareham le Fen

Explore the story of James Roberts, a little known sailor who travelled with Cook on his first voyage to Australia, as well as accompanying botanist Sir Joseph Banks on his travels.

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All Saints, Mareham on the Hill

With the most breath taking views of Lincolnshire, this humble church with 12th century origins has the most unusual double decker pulpit and box pews.

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St Lawrence, Revesby

Fragments of the medieval Revesby Abbey can be found inset in the walls of St Lawrence church in the tiny hamlet of Revesby, home of Victorian botanist, Sir Joseph Banks.

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St Benedict, Scrivelsby

A fascinating story can be found at St Benedict’s, that of the King’s Champion. But what does it mean?

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All Saints, Wilksby

Beautifully isolated, the first record of a church on the site was in 1231, when it may have been used as a chapel of retreat for the monks at nearby Revesby Abbey.

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St Swithin, Baumber

A treasure trove of monuments in what is really a medieval church encased around a Georgian red brick shell.

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St Peter & St Paul, Belchford

Discover why in the 1100s up until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the church was divided into two, with two priests and two livings.

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St Helen, Edlington

The best time to visit is snowdrop time, when a carpet of these pretty white flowers transforms the churchyard into a bed of white beauty.

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St Andrew, Fulletby

Explore the life and times of Henry Winn, Victorian poet who took much inspiration from the countryside and landscapes of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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St Stephen, Hatton

Delightful, both inside and out with its beautiful rounded apse and stained glass windows containing fragments of medieval glass.

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St Margaret, Hemingby

The dominating red clock is the first thing you notice on the church as you drive towards the village, created in 1787, it has a remarkable story to tell.

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All Saints, Great Sturton

The church shows much evidence of a much grander and imposing building and the modern turret that replaces the tower is rather intriguing!

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All Saints, West Ashby

All Saints has an unusual memorial, the tower which was restored in 1871 as a memorial to ‘Claribel’, the Victorian ballad writer, Charlotte Abington Barnard.

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St Andrew, Ashby Puerorum

In the late 13th century, Bishop Sutton renamed the village, coining the name 'the Little Boys Ashby' because he had assigned the revenue of the vicarage to the upkeep of the boys in Lincoln Cathedral choir.

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All Saints, Greetham

Small church with impressive proportions, set on one of the highest points in the Lincolnshire Wolds with impressive views.

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St Mary, Horncastle

Market town church with a fantastic mixture of different styles and many interesting features to discover.

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St Michael, Martin

Small unassuming church, standing in a farmyard, all that is left of the village of Martin, but it has a striking and splendid Norman arch that is well worth a visit.

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St Margaret, Thimbleby

Fascinating links with the early settlers of the USA, Thimbleby has mud and stud thatched cottages, possible blueprints for the first buildings in Jamestown in the early 1600s.

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St Wilfrid, Thornton

How did one of the oldest organs in the country, dating from the 1680s and from Magdalene College Oxford, find its final resting place in this tiny church in this tiny hamlet?

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All Saints, Horsington

Victorian parish church replacing the earlier thatched church of All Hallows, take a look at the font, originally square it is now octagonal!

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St Margaret, Langton with Old Woodhall

One of many Interesting features worth viewing is the font pedestal which is carved stone from the ceiling of Kirkstead Abbey, and the bowl is Barnach stone, originating from the lost church of St Lawrence in Horncastle.

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St Peter, Stixwould

Impressive church with fantastic rood screen and reredos, but most unusual are the pew ends, some show mournful faces whilst others are more cheerful worshippers.

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St Leonard, Kirkstead

Built as a chanty chapel in the early 13th century, it is thought to house two length of 13th century oak arcading which is believed to be from the rood screen and therefore probably the oldest in the country.

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St Peter, Woodhall Spa

When St Andrew’s church became too small for the town, a new church had to be built so St Peter’s was consecrated in 1893 by Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln.

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St Giles, Langton by Wragby

A small hamlet on the outskirts of the Lincolnshire Wolds, with a famous son who was principal architect of Magna Carta, a charter of rights which has shaped our nation’s rules and civil liberties.

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All Saints, Snelland

Charming and atmospheric, Thomas Retford, one time vicar, was one of many clergy who gave their lives to support The Lincolnshire Rising, a righteous stand against Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

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St Oswald, Rand

Overflowing with monuments in brass and stone, the church is named after Oswald who was King of Northumberland from 634 till his death.

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All Saints, Wragby

A fine Victorian town church with pretty stained glass representing ‘Faith, Hope and Charity’.

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Queen Street Chapel, Horncastle

The first Wesleyan Chapel was built in Horncastle in 1786, today the present chapel was built in 1962 and holds records to the past chapels of the town.

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