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St Lawrence, Tallington, Lincolnshire

(52°39′25″N, 0°23′18″W)
TF 091 078
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo

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The plan of this church is rather odd in that the W tower, 14thc., does not align with the nave arcades, which are primarily of the 13thc. The transepts, based on their windows, are of the 13thc. on the S and of the 14th/early 16thc. on the N, as is the chancel. The S arcade is one bay shorter to the W than the N and in place of this extra bay is a Romanesque S doorway. There are also two reset 12thc. fragments in the E wall of the vestry, one loose fragment in the nave, and a Transitional wall piscina in the chancel.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Survey but no church is recorded.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Interior Decoration



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae

Loose Sculpture


The location of the S doorway in an expanse of the S nave wall aligned with the S nave arcade is confusing. On the nave side of the doorway the jambs look to be good 12thc. stone with the round-headed arch over the plain tympanum as one would expect; the arch is now mostly obscured by the wood and glass enclosure. Are the doorway nook-shafts original? Their diameter is too small for that of the capitals and particularly the bases. And are the bases themselves capitals reused upside down? The R base certainly appears to have an abacus. On the other hand, the parish church at Melbourne has lateral directional chevron on the upper base sections of its chancel arch. On the label of the S doorway here there is a segment on the lower L side that extends 0.10 m to the W and does not meet horizontally flush with the impost, as on the R, but is angled upward approx. 30 degrees. Is this a workshop error or is the label reset from another location?


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London 1990, 740-41.