Set next to perhaps the most stunning churchyard tree in the county, this church, with its steepled W tower, three-bay nave with N and S aisles, and chancel is primarily from the first half of the 14thc. Pevsner notes a restoration done in 1907. Romanesque elements consist of six reset fragments in the S porch, reused fragments in parts of the 13thc N arcade, possibly the font, and part of the chancel arch.
Domesday Book records a church in Walcot in 1086 on land held by Peterborough Abbey as well as half a church in possession of Gilbert of Ghent.
First order (shared) has semi-circular responds L (N) and R (S). On the S side, the respond has an attic base and waterleaf capital. The necking has a top and bottom chamfer. The impost has a hollow chamfer with a quirk, and a plain upright with a quirk abacus. Capital and impost are all of one stone. A deep notch is cut into the N face of the capital.
On the N side, the entire respond base is mostly missing, though a small fragment of an attic base remains at its W side. The bell capital has an impost similar to that on the S respond but with a much wider hollow chamfer.
|S capital, circumference||0.625m|
|S capital, height||0.25m|
|Pier 2, circumference, taken at the abacus||0.96m|
|Pier 2, height of base||0.2m|
|W respond, circumference of base||0.97m|
|W respond, height of base||0.2m|
This is a 13thc column, but the base is an earlier, reused round capital placed upside down. The capital has upright fluted leaves, some with a furled tip like a waterleaf, and plain necking with top and bottom chamfer. The abacus has a hollow chamfer followed by a quirk on the plain upright. The plinth is chamfered.
This too is of the 13thc but the base is a reused 12thc multi-scallop, semi-circular capital. The shields are emphasized by a quirk and there is a rounded dart between each cone. There is a plain band, once above, and now below the scallops. Abacus and plinth as on pier 2.
Located 2.17m above porch floor and 1.12m from the N wall. Nook-shaft capital carved with waterleaf. The volute of the L furl is drilled and there is a drill hole on either side of the central leaf at its base. The abacus has a chamfer. To the L of the capital is a partially preserved sundial. There appears to be a rudimentary line of horizontal chevron to the R of the drilled sundial hole.
Located 2.175m above porch floor and 0.9m from S wall. Same as fragment 2 but without the sundial. Some necking of the waterleaf capital is preserved and it has a flat face with a top and bottom chamfer.
Located 1.985m above porch floor and 0.47m from S wall. Same as fragment 3.
Located 1.975m above porch floor and 0.34m from N wall. Same as fragment 5.
Drum-shaped font located at the W end of the S aisle; set on a new plinth. The pictorial zone on the drum is divided by a hollow chamfered band into two horizontal bands of differing height. The shorter, lower zone is filled with variations of thick, blocky furled leaves. In the taller, upper zone, leaf motifs are set within an arcade of eleven pointed arches (no columns) and their spandrels. The back plane of the pictorial zones is stippled. The SE and NW sections of the rim have been replaced. The bowl is lead-lined and has a drain in the centre.
|Diameter of exterior||0.79m|
|Diameter of interior||0.595m|
|Height of bowl||0.57m|
There is a standing orant figure, its L hand making the gesture of blessing.
The lower zone has a human face flanked by cusped shapes that follow the curve of the head, thus partially framing it. Similar head, but flanked by larger leaves can be found on the N side.
One of the spandrels of the NE side contains a quadruped type creature seen in profile, with a large head and one large eye visible.
There is a human face in an arch similar the two found in the lower pictorial zone with the exception that this head has stylized hair that looks almost like a cap on the top of the head.
F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 291.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Lincolnshire. London 1990 (2nd ed.), 780.