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St Benedict, Haltham, Lincolnshire

(53°9′24″N, 0°8′16″W)
TF 246 638
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
15 March 1994

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Feature Sets

Haltham is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 4 miles S of Horncastle and 17 miles E of Lincoln. The church, comprises a nave with N aisle and a chancel. Construction is of squared greenstone coursed rubble with limestone ashlar
dressings, and red brick patching and gables. The oldest parts are 12thc and its was restored in 1880 and 1891. It has been redundant since 1977, and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S nave doorway.


Haltham was sokeland of Horncastle and belonged to Queen Edith in 1066, and to the king in 1086. There were 2 carucates and 6 bovates of ploughland there with 32 acres of meadow and 20 acres of woodland pasture. A further 2 carucates and 2 bovates were held by Aki from Robert Despenser.


Exterior Features



This tympanum and the one reset inside the tower at St Clement's Rowston share numerous elements, which led Nikolaus Pevsner to conclude that they were carved by the same hand. Both are carved in low relief and display a variety of ornamental motifs, two of which are identical: the Solomon's knot inscribed within a circle and the equal armed cross. Both also share a degree of compositional disarray, yet the Rowston tympanum, with its four horizontal registers and the central axis occupied by two superimposed cross forms (the equal armed and interlaced crosses) is clearly more structured than this one. The tympanum at Edenham also shares features with Haltham and Rowston, but not to the same extent and is probably not be the same hand. The truncation of the design in the lower R corner suggests either that the tympanum was originally part of a larger doorway and was modified to fit its present position, or that it was carved in the workshop and then altered when placed in situ.


Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 400417

Lincolnshire Heritage Environment Record MLI40254

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, with N. Antram, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire (2nd ed), 1989, 359.