Church of St Peter, Markby
|Markby shown within Lincolnshire|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||120 mi (190 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
The Anglican church of St Peter's is one of England's rare thatched churches, and the only one in Lincolnshire. Its interior fittings and structural beams were perhaps made locally. The font is from an older church on the same site, with box pews and pulpit from the 19th century. The church bell might be the earlier Priory refectory bell. Originally the church was tile-roofed, this replaced by thatch in 1672. Within the church is Norman decoration. Before the 16th-century Dissolution of the Monasteries local worshipers used the priory church, and after the Dissolution, other parts of the priory by permission. A further corrugated iron church was built in the late 19th century, to take the place of the stone and thatch church which was in poor repair. This later iron church became unusable in the 1960s, consequently the earlier church was renovated.
Cox stated in 1916 that the church of St Peter's, built 1855, is of brick and stone, with a thatched roof, and surrounded a moat; the only remains of the Augustinian priory of St Peter founded by Ralf FitzGilbert during the reign of Henry II. The priory was dissolved in 1536 under the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. In 1916 the church was only used for burials.
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