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St Vedast, Tathwell, Lincolnshire

(53°19′35″N, 0°1′10″W)
TF 320 829
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
medieval St Vedast
now St Vedast
  • Thomas E. Russo
14 Dec 2000

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Feature Sets

Isolated on a wooded hillside above the village, St Vedast is primarily a Georgian church consisting of a chancel with a polygonal apse, a nave and a W tower, all of brick except for the base of the tower. A NE vestry and S porch were added c. 1886 under the direction of the vicar, W. G. Patchwell. The lowest stage of the W tower is rough ashlar of the early 12thc, and the tower arch inside belongs to the same date.


Domesday Book records a church at Tathwell in 1086 on land held by Earl Hugh, presumably Hugh d’Avranches, the 1st earl of Chester and close confidant of King William.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The rough ashlar masonry of the lower stage of the tower, and the heaviness of the carved capitals of the tower arch, suggest an early 12thc date for this work.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Volume 3, London 1899, 276.

Domesday Book, Lincolnshire, ed. J. Moore, Chichester 1975, 13:28.

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, revised N. Antram, The Buildings of England, Lincolnshire. London 1989 (2nd ed., reprt. 1990), 741-42.