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St Mary, Broughton, Lincolnshire

(53°33′54″N, 0°33′7″W)
SE 960 086
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now North Lincolnshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
12 January 1995

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Feature Sets

Broughton is a small town in North Lincolnshire, 20 miles N of Lincoln, to which it is linked by Ermine Street (now the A15) and 4 miles E of Scunthorpe. The church has a nave with 14thc aisles and a S porch, a 12th - 13thc chancel with a N chapel, and a W tower originally built as a tower nave in the 11thc, to which a W stair turret was added later in the same century. The 14thc N nave arcade has two Romanesque bases with spur ornaments, and the List Description also reports chevron moulded stones re-used in the chancel arch, but these were not seen.


Broughton was held by Merleswein, the Sheriff in 1066 and by Ralph Paynel in demesne in 1086. It was assessed at 12 carucates and also included meadow, woodland, a mill and a church, presumable the one that included the surviving W tower.


Interior Features



The Romanesque spurred bases reused in the 14thc arcade indicate that there was an earlier arcade on the N side of the nave. Photographs of the S doorway of the W tower offer the possibility that this is Romanesque too, although Taylor and Taylor date it before the Conquest (see Ashby (2018).


J. Ashby, 'Description of Broughton Church', Withowinde 187 (2018), 29.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 165995

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 1978, 203-4.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 192-93.

H. M. Taylor and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture. Vol l. Cambridge 1965, 115-16