St Michael’s Church

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This is set in the middle of gently rolling countryside in the depths of rural Lincolnshire. It was the site of a planned medieval village with a moated manor house. The village gradually declined, thought to be due to a change from arable to sheep farming. Now all that remains are part of the moat to the south of the church and a few bumps in the ground. There are now a few modern houses built around the church.

All that is left of the medieval church is the small squat square tower built from the local stone with a low pyramid roof. The nave and chancel were rebuilt in brick in 1835 with large square windows.

Inside it is a simple white washed building filled with light from the large, plain glass windows. A simple pointed arch separates nave and chancel. A small pointed arc leads into the base of the tower which is lit by a tall, narrow lance window on the west wall. The furniture is 19thC except for a modern octagonal font.

Steps lead up into the chancel which has patterned Minton tiles on the floor. There is a wrought iron altar rail. The altar has carved wood candlesticks and a crucifix. The east window has heraldic shield which is 14thC stained glass with a few other bits of stained glass above it.

In the chancel is a beautifully carved stone tomb of a 14thC knight with his hands held in prayer. His head on a pillow supported by angels. He is wearing chain mail armour with a surcoat with a sword by his side. His legs are crossed and rest on a lion. On each foot is a spur.

At the back of the church is another 14thC tombstone with the brass of a head shoulders and hands in prayer of a knight in chain mail. Below would have been a heraldic shied but this is gone. There is a latin inscription round the edge of the stone.

On the nave wall os a marble memorial to Charles Odling and his wife Hannah listing their 12 children all of whom survived to a ripe old age.

This is a pleasant small church. It is no longer used and cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. It is always open and there is parking outside the church.

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