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St Bartholomew, Appleby, Lincolnshire

(53°37′22″N, 0°33′38″W)
SE 953 150
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
28 July 1992

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Feature Sets

Nave of three bays from the early 14th century and a long chancel of the 15th century. The W tower design is 15th century but has been rebuilt. Restoration work was done here between 1820 and 1830 by either William or Joseph Fowler. Further restoration of the exterior was done in 1862. In 1882-1883 J. S. Crowther rebuilt the tower and re-roofed the church. The baptismal font here is Romanesque.


In two entries Domesday Book records a church and a priest at “Appleby, Risby, and ‘Sawcliffe’” on the lands of Roger of Bully and Gilbert of Ghent in 1086. These three settlements are consistently cited together in three separate entries in Domesday Book implying connections among them. Risby is a hamlet to the W of Appleby and ‘Sawcliffe’ is the site of a deserted medieval settlement. It is likely that these two references to a “church and a priest” refers to two separate churches because possession between Roger and Gilbert is not recorded in fractional proportions as would typically be the case if the references were to one church. Perhaps the two references are to a parochial church in Appleby and a chapel of ease or “field church” in one of the two other smaller settlements.





Though the details are less ornate, the intersecting arcades of this font are similar to the fonts at Benniworth, St. Julian, and at West Torrington, All Saints.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England's Patron Saints, vol.3. London, 1899.

J. Morris, gen. ed., Domesday Book: Lincolnshire, vol. 31, Chichester: Phillimore, 1986: 17,2; 24,10.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London: Penguin, 1989 (1990), 102-103.