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St Edmund, Riby, Lincolnshire

(53°32′59″N, 0°12′51″W)
TA 184 074
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
19 December 2000

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Riby is a village about four miles SW of Grimsby. The church is a limestone and ironstone rubble cruciform building consisting of a chancel, a nave with a S and N aisle, and a crossing tower added in the 15thc. The church was restored by Benjamin Ferrey in 1868. The Romanesque features of this site are the blocked N doorway and the fragment of a font.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 'Ribi' was held by Earl Harold and Stenkil of Riby; in 1086 it passed under the lordship of William, son of Nigel; Ascelin; Erneis of Buron; Ralph and Ernwin the Priest; Earl Hugh of Chester and Roger of Poitou were tenants-in-chief. The manor valued £1.5. The first record of the church dates to the first decades of the 12thc, when Geoffrey Trussebut granted it to Grimsby Abbey, and this donation was also confirmed in 1155-8 by King Henry II.


Exterior Features





Although Nikolaus Pevsner does not mention the font fragment, it is recorded by Arthur Mee, who notes that it is the 'ancient font' of the church.


Early Yorkshire Charters, Volume 10: The Trussebut Fee, with Some Charters of the Ros Fee, ed. by W. Farrer and C. Travis Clay, Cambridge 1955, 57.

A. Mee, The King’s England: Lincolnshire, London 1970, 303.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London 1964, 342-3.