St George's Church, Goltho

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St George's Church, Goltho
A small, simple brick church seen from the southwest in a churchyard, with a single bellcote at the west end
St George's Church, Goltho, from the southwest
St George's Church, Goltho is located in Lincolnshire
St George's Church, Goltho
St George's Church, Goltho
Location in Lincolnshire
Coordinates: 53°16′58″N 0°19′38″W / 53.2828°N 0.3272°W / 53.2828; -0.3272
OS grid reference TF 116 775
Location Goltho, Lincolnshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
History
Dedication Saint George
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 30 November 1966
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Groundbreaking c. 1530
Specifications
Materials Brick, tiled roof

St George's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the former village of Goltho, Lincolnshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, [1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The church was situated in a field surrounded by a clump of trees, and could be approached only by footpaths. It stood to the south of the A158 road, 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Wragby, and 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Lincoln.[2][3] The church was all that remained of a deserted medieval village,[4] but was badly damaged by fire in October 2013.[5]

History[edit]

The nave of the church was built in about 1530 by the Grantham family of Goltho Hall (now demolished), and the chancel was added in about 1600.[4] Alterations and additions were made in the early 18th century and in the late 19th century.[1]

The church was severely damaged by fire on 21 October 2013, leaving only the walls and bellcote standing, the most likely cause being a lightning strike.[5][6]

Architecture[edit]

St George's was constructed in red brick, and had a tiled roof with wooden eaves. Its plan was simple, consisting of a nave with a bellcote at the west end, and a narrower, lower chancel. Entry to the church was by the west door, above which was a blocked window. The bellcote had a single round-headed opening. On the north side of the church was a small opening high on the wall and, to the east, a large rectangular window. In the north wall of the chancel was a large window with a pointed head. At the east end was a blind oval window. The south wall of the chancel contained a single large pointed window, and there was a large rectangular window in the south wall of the nave. Immediately to the west of this window was part of the arch of a blocked doorway.[1]

Inside the church, the walls were painted white, and the fittings pale blue.[4] There were niches in the north and south walls of the nave. Two 17th-century gravestones were incorporated into the floor of the nave.[1] The fittings included a double-decker pulpit, a reredos, box pews, carved altar rails, and carved bench ends.[2][4]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war grave of a Royal Air Force officer of the First World War.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St George, Goltho (1308371)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 November 2013 
  2. ^ a b c St George's Church, Goltho, Lincolnshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 9 December 2016 
  3. ^ Goltho, Streetmap, retrieved 8 March 2011 
  4. ^ a b c d Goltho, St George's Church, Britain Express, retrieved 8 March 2011 
  5. ^ a b "Church burnt to ground by fire", Lincolnshire Echo, This is Lincolnshire, Local World, 21 October 2013, retrieved 8 October 2013 
  6. ^ "Charity's pledge to protect church destroyed by lightning strike", Lincolnshire Echo, This is Lincolnshire, Local World, 25 October 2013, retrieved 5 November 2013 
  7. ^ MAWER, JOHN BAILEY, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 1 March 2013 

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