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St Peter, Holton-le-Clay, Lincolnshire

(53°30′18″N, 0°3′44″W)
TA 286 027
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
18 July 1996

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Holton-le-Clay is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 5 miles S of Grimsby. The church is in the village centre and is a coursed and squared ironstone and limestone rubble building with brown and red brick used for 19thc repairs to the chancel and rebuilding of the tower. It has a W tower, an aisless nave and a square ended chancel. The Anglo-Saxon origins of the church are revealed by the tall, narrow tower arch decorated with panels of 10thc interlace. The only Romanesque sculpture here is the font.


Before the Conquest Thorgot held 2 bovates of land here, with 5 acres and 2 virgates. In 1086 this was held by Wimund from Count Alan of Britanny. Another holding was that of Ivo Taillebois, who held 2 carucates in demesne, and 1 carucate held from him by Hermer. This last was held by Esbiorn in 1066. Finally 5 bovates, 14 acres and 1 bovate of land were held in 1066 by Iolfr. This was held by Roger from Rainer de Brimeux in 1086.





The arcading, lozenges, directional chevrons, and ribbon interlace all seem to be the work of later recutting. Only the cable moulding is appears to be good 12thc. work. Traces of iron dowels can be seen in the five areas of the lip where stone is missing and this probably accounts for the damage here.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 195331

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI41241

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 275.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 389.

J. Sills, 'St Peter's Church, Holton le Clay, Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 17 (1982), 29-42