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Holy Trinity, Hagworthingham, Lincolnshire

(53°12′10″N, 0°0′33″E)
TF 343 692
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
24 November 2000

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Hagworthingham is a village in the East Lindsey district of the county, 5 mile E of Horncastle and 14 miles W of the coast at Skegness. The church is of greenstone and consists of a nave with a S aisle and S porch, and a chancel with a S organ chamber. It hasd a W tower (described in Pevsner (1964), but this collapsed in 1972. The herringbone masonry in the N wall of the nave suggests an 11th/12th c. date for the original stone construction of this church. The S arcade dates from the 13th c. and the chancel and S aisle from 1859 when James Fowler rebuilt them. There is a monolithic fragment of a shaft and capital, presumably a pillar piscina, which may be late 11th or early 12th c. in date.


Domesday Book records a church in the possession of Jocelyn son of Lambert at Hagworthingham in 1086. Jocelyn also owned a mill and ½ carucate of land in this village. Around 1115, the church was given to the Benedictine abbey of Bardney as part of its endowment.



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae

Loose Sculpture


The monolithic nature of this stone fragment recalls the process for making pillar piscinas such as those at Wragby, All Saints, and at Dembleby, St. Lucia, both superb 12th c. examples. In fact the List Description calls it , 'Remains of a worn decorated C12 pedestal piscina'. However, the lack of a drain in the bowl suggests that this may be an unfinished piece or, perhaps, that it was intended as holy water stoup. The rather bulky, heavy treatment of the design elements suggests a late 11th/early 12th c. date for this piece.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 195944

  1. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 261.
  1. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 355.