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St Laurence, Corringham, Lincolnshire

(53°24′50″N, 0°41′27″W)
SK 871 916
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
9 Nov 2000

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Corringham is a parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, sited 3 miles E of Gainsborough. The church has a W tower originally of the late 11thc /early 12thc but heavily restored by Bodley and Garner in the early 1880s. The nave, with an added E bay, and the chancel with its N chapel are from the 13thc; the clerestory was added c1450. The impressive W tower arch into the nave and the N arcade of the nave are Romanesque.


According to Domesday Book, the king, William I, owned land in 'Springthorpe and Corringham' and there was a church and a priest here in 1086. As Greenway has noted, the church of Great Corringham was granted by Henry I to Lincoln Cathedral as a new prebend of Corringham sometime around 1114. The first holder of this prebend was a priest by the name of Brand (see Greenway, 62-63).


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches



Stocker and Everson have suggested that the Corinthian capitals of the W tower bell openings, though very probably dating to the 1880s restoration, may be based on originals, as Bodley was known to have had a particular sensibility toward historical renovation. The mason’s mark on the E respond here is similar to one found in All Saints church in Winteringham (21 miles to the N) on an arch in the nave, S aisle arcade, bay two, S side, first order. The abacus on this respond, with its incised angle volutes, is not common in the county.


D. Stocker and P. Everson, Summoning St. Michael: Early Romanesque Towers in Lincolnshire, Oxford 2006, 137-142.

D. Greenway, Fasti Ecclessiae Anglicanae 1066-1300, vol. 3, Lincoln, London: Institute of Historical Research, 1977, 62-63, 171-172.

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England. Lincolnshire, London 1989, 233-234.

Domesday Book: Lincolnshire, ed. J. Morris, Chichester 1992, in 2 vols, 1, 49.

C. Nattes, Drawing of Corringham, St. Laurence, view from S, 1793, Lincoln Central Library, Banks Collection, I, 331.

J. Wilson, A Short Guide to the Parish Church of Saint Laurence, Corringham, Lincolnshire, 1999.