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St Thomas Martyr, Digby, Lincolnshire

(53°4′46″N, 0°23′21″W)
TF 080 548
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
27 July 1998

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Feature Sets

Digby is a small village in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, 6 miles N of Sleaford and 12 mile S of Lincoln city centre. The church is in the village centre and consists of a c. 1200 W tower with a late medieval top, a 13thc. nave with three-bay side aisles, and an additional W bay of similar date added to the N aisle. There is a 13thc. chancel, and a Perpendicular style clerestory. Restoration was carried out in 1881 by Charles Kirk included the rebuilding of the chancel. The S doorway is of the 12thc.


Digby was held by Toki son of Auti before the Conquest, and by Geoffrey Alselin in demesne in 1086. It was assessed at 12 carucates.


Exterior Features



A great deal of red pigment traces remain on the doorway. The surface condition of the stone in the arch orders varies from the extremely worn, chipped, rugged surfaces of the E side, 1st order, 1st voussoir and the E side, 2nd order, 1st two voussoirs to the sharp edges and smooth surfaces of the rest of the arch. A similar distinction is found between the W and E imposts. It appears that the remains of good 12thc. material consist of the voussoirs just mentioned, the capitals, R nook-shaft base, and lower R section of the reveal.

The dedication of the church varies according to the source. The diocese calls it St Thomas of Canterbury, the List Description St Thomas a Becket, and Pevsner St Thomas Martyr. Arnold Forster claims that the medieval dedication was to St Thomas a Becket, but that was a Victorian formulation and cannot be true.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 437456

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 511.