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St Mary Magdalene, Old Somerby, Lincolnshire

(52°53′38″N, 0°34′6″W)
Old Somerby
SK 964 339
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
22 Nov 2000

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Feature Sets

Though a small church, it is a palimpsest of varied medieval and post-medieval work. The nave has a 13thc S arcade, a 14thc N wall, and a late 14th or 15thc S wall and clerestory. The W tower was rebuilt in the 18thc and the chancel windows thoroughly renewed during Fowler’s restoration of the church in 1876. The chancel arch is 12thc.


Domesday Book records a church and a priest at Old Somerby in 1086 on land held by Walter of Aincourt. In 1250, the advowson of the church belonged to William of Paris, a citizen of Lincoln.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

On the E side of the chancel arch, some of the arches on the sunk-relief arcade of the label are not aligned with the arches adjacent to them. This is likely due to resetting.


F. Hill, Medieval Lincoln. Cambridge 1948, 392.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. 2nd ed., New Haven and London 1990, 594-5.