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All Saints, Fenton, Lincolnshire

All Saints Church, Main St, Fenton, Newark NG23 5DE, United Kingdom (53°2′46″N, 0°41′27″W)
SK 878 506
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
28 July 1998

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Fenton is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, 14 miles SW of Lincoln and 5 miles E of the centre of Newark. The church stands to the S of the village centre. It has a Perpendicular W tower with a spire, a nave now with three-bay N and S aisles and a chapel on the N side of the chancel. The S aisle and chapel are of the late 13thc. The chancel was rebuilt in 1838. Romanesque elements include the blocked N doorway of the nave, the two western bays of the N arcade, and a pillar piscina. Construction is of coursed ironstone rubble, Ancaster stone ashlar, blue lias and red brick with some rendering.


Fenton was not recorded by that name in the Domesday Survey, but what was then recorded as Holm, a manor previously held by Ulf Fenisc, was given to Gilbert de Gant. This manor included present-day Beckingham, Sutton, Fenton and Stragglethorpe. This large manor was assessed at 12 carucates in demesne and 12 carucates of sokeland with a population of more than 60 households including 2 priests and 2 churches.

The tithes of this manor were given to Bardney Abbey. Gilbert II de Gant, Gilbert's grandson, divided the estate, creating a new manor of Fenton which he granted to his Constable, Herbert son of Abelard, between 1150 and 1156 (Litchfield (1980).


Exterior Features


Interior Features




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The original church is presumed to consist of a short nave and chacel to which a 2-bay N aisle was added in the mid-12thc. Major enlargement took place in the 13thc. including the extension of the entire church by adding a bay to the nave at the E and extending the chancel by a further 2 bays, one of them aisled. An S aisle was also added. A curious feature of the 12thc arcade is that all three capitals and their imposts are slightly different variants of the multi-scallop form.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 193908

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 525.