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St John, Washingborough, Lincolnshire

(53°13′18″N, 0°28′25″W)
TF 020 705
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
12 October 2000

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Feature Sets

This church consists of a W tower, a four-bay nave with side aisles, a chancel and a N chapel off the chancel. Most of the church is 13thc, with elements of late 14thc and 15thc construction. The single Romanesque feature here is the baptismal font.


Washingborough is mentioned in the Domesday Book as the head of manor of Coleby. It was taxable at 12 geld units. The lord in TRE was Earl Ralph the constable; in 1986 Washingborough was held by King William.





The exterior was renovated in 1859 by G.G. Scott and in 1861-62 by Scott & Goddard.

While the features of the font are typical for 12thc design, the crispness of some edges and the unusual design features (i.e. the angled bases) could suggest the possibility of later re-cutting.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 296.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London, 1990, 782-83.