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St Peter and St Paul, Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire

(53°11′36″N, 0°19′55″E)
TF 559 688
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
7 December 2000

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Ingoldmells is a seaside resort in the East Lindsey district, immediately N of Skegness and 19 miles E of Horncastle. The church is on the former high street, well inland from the coast. It is a large parish church with an early 13thc., six-bay nave and a 14thc. S porch. The lower part of the W tower is early 14thc. and the upper part is c. 15thc./16thc. The chancel was torn down in 1706 due to its decrepit state and an incumbent who cared not for the expense of repairing it. There are three Romanesque coped grave covers set into the floor.


There is no detailed entry concerning Ingoldmells in Domesday Book, although it is mentioned as having sokeland. Foster and Langley suggest that it is another name for Guldelsmere, which seems reasonable, in which case it was held by Robert Despenser as tenant in chief in 1086.





Grave covers 1 and 2 are presently covered by carpeting that was laid down in the NE chapel in 1998. The descriptions and dimensions given for them here are taken from Everson and Stocker who also provide photographs of these two covers.

A fragment of a coped grave cover also occurs at Friskney.

  1. P. Everson and D. Stocker, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture: Lincolnshire. Vol. 5, London, 1999, 280-281 and ills. 402, 403.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 196035

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 405-06.