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St Botolph, Newton, Lincolnshire

(52°54′47″N, 0°26′35″W)
TF 04792 36218
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
15 Oct 2000

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Feature Sets

Situated in one of the most charming villages in the county, St Botolph’s consists of a 13thc W tower with a later medieval bell-stage, a three-bay nave with side aisles of the late 13th/early 14thc, and a chancel of c. 1300 with a S chapel of perhaps a slightly earlier date. Restoration work, including the chancel arch and the clerestory, was done by Kirk and Parry in 1865-66. A restoration in 1869 included a complete rebuilding of the roof and the S aisle. The tower arch has a Romanesque column, its L (S) nook facing the nave.


According to Domesday Book, a church existed in Newton in 1086 on land belonging to Odo the Crossbowman. Around 1180 the church was in the possession of Alan, a canon of the Clunaic priory of St Andrew, Northampton who received it from his brother, M. Laurence, a canon of St. Andrew (c. 1160-1180) and later archdeacon of Bedford (c. 1181-1199). In the early 1230s the bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, confirmed for the monks of St Andrew their possession of the church of Newton.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The shaft of this column looks as though originally it was en-delit though now it is comprised of three uneven sections. The R column for this arch has a simple bell capital and about half of its shaft preserved. The arch mouldings appear too massive for the slender shafts below, all this suggesting a reuse of stone. Pevsner raised the possibility that this arch was rebuilt using parts of the earlier chancel arch, which was replaced in the 1865-66 renovation of Kirk and Parry.


L. Cave, A Brief History of Newton and Its Church, privately published, n.d.

D. Greenway, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300, Volume 3, Lincoln 1977, 118-150.

N. Pevsner and J.Harris, The Buildings of England, Lincolnshire. Harmondsworth 1964, 2nd ed. 1989, 575.

Victoria County History, A History of the County of Northampton, Volume 2, R. M. Serjeantson and W.R.D. Adkins (eds), London 1906, 102-09.