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St Clement, Fiskerton, Lincolnshire

(53°14′1″N, 0°25′52″W)
TF 048 719
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
10 January 1995

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Fiskerton is a village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 4 miles E of the centre of Lincoln on the N bank if the River Witham. The church is on the S side of the High Street and is an imposing and confusing building. At the W end is a round tower, rare in Lincolnshire and disguised by a 14thc remodelling involving ashlar cladding, massive buttresses and an additional bell storey. The nave has N and S aisles and there is a rectangular chancel with N and S chapels. Much of this dates from the thirteenth century, and parts of the chancel and S aisle were reconstructed by Ewan Christian in 1863. The N nave arcade, the N chapel arcade, the scallop frieze in the S chapel, and fragments of capitals built into the E wall of the N aisle and the S chapel arch are Romanesque.


Fiskerton was held by Peterborough Abbey before the Conquest and in 1086. It was assessed at 3 carucates, and included a church and a priest as well as 3 fisheries, meadow and woodland pasture. It remained in possession of the abbey until its Dissolution when it passed to the Dean and Chapter of the newly founded Cathedral of Peterborough.


Interior Features



Interior Decoration

String courses

Pevsner notes many anomalies in the chancel and its chapels involving the resetting of Romanesque work. In brief, the scalloped frieze in the E wall looks reset; the insertion of part of a 12thc waterleaf capital into a stiff-leaf capital in the chapel arch respond is unusual and seems inexplicable; the arch of the chancel arch looks late-12th or early 13thc and does not match the capitals; and the 12thc pier of the N chapel arcade includes anachronistic dogtooth. He concludes that there has been an extensive use of fragments brought from elsewhere, a conclusion reinforced by the presence of the reset capitals in the N aisle at the E end. He suggests that these high-quality carvings came from a local monastic house like Bardney or Tupholme, but neither house had any particular known connection with Fiskerton.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 197197

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 236-37.