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.
|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.
|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.