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St Mary, Wainfleet St Mary, Lincolnshire

Saint Mary Parish Church Wainfleet, Skegness PE24 4JT, United Kingdom (53°6′17″N, 0°11′45″E)
Wainfleet St Mary
TF 471 586
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
18 July 1998

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Feature Sets

Wainfleet St Mary Is a village to the S of the port and market town of Waiinfleet All Saints are a in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It is on the A52, 5 miles SW of Skegness and 14 miles NE of Boston. St Mary's is a large marshland church primarily of the Early English and Perpendicular periods with a W tower, five-bay N aisle, four-bay S aisle, and short chancel. The S aisle and S porch were restored in 1874-5, the chancel in 1880-1, and the N aisle and nave roof rebuilt in 1892. The W tower arch leading into the nave has Romanesque respond capitals.


Wainfleet All Saints and Wainfleet St Mary's are treated as a single entity in the Domesday Survey, In order of size, a large holding of 20 carucates and 2 bovates that included land in Haugh and Calceby and Theddlethorpe and Mablethorpe as well as Wainfleet was held as sokeland of Earl Hugh's manor of Greetman. 7½ bovates were held by 3 brother sin 1066 and by Bondi and Ralph from the Bishop of Durham in 1086; 2½ bovates were held by Eudo FitzSpirewic as a berewick of Keal, and 1 bovate as a separate holding; and finally 2 bovates were held by Gilbert de Ghent as a berewick of his manor of Croft. There was a church here by 1180. In that year Simon of Wainfleet and his son Guy gave the church of St. Mary of Wainfleet to the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds. However, the Cistercian nuns of Stixwould Priory contested this, laying claim to the parish church themselves. In 1184 Geoffrey, bishop of Ely, and Robert, prior of Merton, settled the claim in favour of Stixwould.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 420461

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI41762

  1. A. Owen, ‘St. Edmund in Lincolnshire: The Abbey’s Lands at Wainfleet and Wrangle,’ in A. Gransden (ed), Bury St. Edmunds: Medieval Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions XX, (1998),122-127.
  1. D. Owen, Church and Society in Medieval Lincolnshire, History of Lincolnshire, vol. 5. Lincoln, 1971 (1990), 74.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 778-79.

Victoria County History: Lincolnshire, Vol. 2 (1906), 146-49 (on Stixwould Priory)