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St Michael, Martin by Horncastle, Lincolnshire

(53°11′1″N, 0°8′50″W)
TF 239 668
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
7 January 1995

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Martin is a village in the parish of Roughton in the East Lindsey district of the county, 2 miles SW of Horncastle. It stands in a farmyard and is a squared greenstone rubble building of nave and chancel only. Romanesque sculpture is found on the S nave doorway, the chancel arch responds, and a waterleaf capital reset in the east wall of the chancel.


In 1086 the Bishop of Durham held 12 bovates in Martin, as sokeland of Kirkby on Bain. A second holding of 1½ carucates was held by Eudo FitzSpirewic, also as sokeland of Kirkby.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Interior Decoration


The doorway is heavily restored, but the suviving parts, especially the elaborate lozenge ornament, suggest a date well into the 2nd half of the 12thc, perhaps c.1160-70. The chancel arch may be of a similar date, as may the lone flat-leaf capital.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, 3 vols, London 1899, vol.3, 197.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 195222

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 559.