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St Leonard, Haugh, Lincolnshire

St Leonards church, Haugh, Alford (53°15′41″N, 0°7′14″E)
TF 415 759
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
21 July 1998

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Feature Sets

Haugh is a village in the district of East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. It is on the E edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, 2½ miles W of Alford and 8 miles from the coast at Mablethorpe. It is a small church consisting of nave and chancel, built of squared chalk and greenstone rubble with some brick patching, and has a blocked N doorway, a 14thc S doorway with an ogee head, and an 11thc chancel arch described below. The church was restored in 1873.


The Domesday holdings of Haugh are not straightforward. It is true to say that there were 2 tenants-in-chief there; Earl Hugh of Chester and the Bishop of Durham. Earl Hugh held 20 carucates and 2 bovates of land in the vills of Wainfleet, Haugh, Calceby Theddlethorpe and Mablethorpe, but this holding is not broken down between these 5 settlements. Between them they were home to 149 households. He also held 7½ carucates in Withern, Aby, Haugh and Calceby, where another 27 households lived. Both of these groups were held in demesne. Then the bishop's man Willliam held 2 bovates of land from the bishop in Haugh and Calceby.

The church and its advowson were gifted to the House of Cistercian nuns at Greenfield priory by Anfrid of Haugh, eraly in the reign of Henry II (see Stenton, 94).


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The thickness of the chancel arch and its simplicity suggest a date in the early Romanesque, perhaps the late 11th c.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 196083

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI42467

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 269-70.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 371-72,

F. M. Stenton (ed.), Documents Illustrative of the Social and Economic History of the Danelaw, London 1920, 92.