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St Wilfrid, Honington , Lincolnshire

(52°58′43″N, 0°35′49″W)
SK 943 433
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
1 Nov 2000

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Feature Sets

Honington is about 5.5 miles N of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The church of St Wilfrid, with its W tower, nave, N aisle, and long chancel with a N chapel, is primarily from the 13thc. The top of the tower and clerestory were added much later, around the 15th/16th century. There were restorations here in 1873 (nave), 1889 (chancel), and 1993 (W tower). Romanesque work consists of the N two-bay nave arcade, the old chancel arch, and the blocked arch of the N chapel in the chancel.


Domesday Book records a church and a priest in Honington in 1086 on land owned by Ivo Tallboys. Ivo also held a church in Tydd St. Mary, Lincolnshire at this time. In the mid-12thc, a disagreement over the paying of church offerings by the tenents of the priory of Stixwold on land the nuns owned in Honington led to an agreement between the churches of Honington and Barkston. The agreement greatly favored the church of Honington by granting it all baptisms, churching, and a first soul-scot, or mortuary fee, amongst other offerings (see Owen). Stixwould’s interest in this case was due to the fact that the land and church in Honington had been a foundation gift to the priory, c.1130-35, by Countess Lucy of Chester (see White).


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



The impost of the R (N) capital of the chancel arch fragments has a S face that continues W into the wall and then S into the present c.1200 chancel arch. Thus, what remains of the earlier and taller chancel arch are just the E capitals of what was, presumably, a set of triple-responds. The large, square billet on the chamfer and upright of the imposts is reminiscent of the smaller chequer ornament on the chamfer and upright of the Anglo-Saxon imposts on the W tower arch at St. Mary-le-Wigford, Lincoln.


N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England. Lincolnshire, London 1989, 391-392.

The Victoria History of the County of Lincoln, ed. W. Page, vol. II, London 1906 (1988), 149.

Domesday Book: Lincolnshire, ed. J. Morris, Chichester 1992, 14, 89.

D. Owen, Church and Society in Medieval Lincolnshire, History of Lincolnshire, vol. 5, Lincoln, 1971 (1990), 17.

G. White, 'King Stephen, Duke Henry, and Ranulf de Gernons, Earl of Chester', The English Historical Review no. 360 (July 1976), 563-565.