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All Saints, Coleby, Lincolnshire

(53°7′57″N, 0°32′38″W)
SK 975 605
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
22 July 1996

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Coleby is a village in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, 12 miles NE of Newark-on-Trent and 6.5 miles S of Lincoln. The church, in the village centre, consists of a W tower, a nave with a N arcade and a chancel,. The tower is 11thc in origin, with a battlented upper storey and a spire of the 15thc. The nave is 12thc as is the N arcade. The chancel was restored in 1864 by F. C. Penrose. Romanesque sculpture is found on the S doorway, the N arcade and the font.


Coleby was a large Domesday settlement with a total of 50 households spread over 3 manors. Two of these belonged to the King; that he took from its pre-Conquest Lord Siward was assessed at 7 carucates and included a priest and a church. The manor he took from Earl Ralph the Constable was assessed at 12 carucates. The third manor was held by Countess Judith in 1086 and by Arnketil in 1066, and a was valued at 5 carucates.


Exterior Features


Interior Features






Dating of the Romanesque feature in the List Description is simply wrong, as both the font and the S doorway are given to the 11thc while the arcade is not dated at all. The arcade is described as Norman by Pevsner andthe doorway Late Norman. He also apears to suggest that the font may be of two periods with 13thc angle shafts added to a 12thc bowl. That this cannot be the case is demonstrated by the fact that the bowl is carved from a single block. In fact, all three features are 12thc.: the doorway and the font c.1170-90 and the arcade possibly a little earlier.

There is an unusual abacus on the W capital of the 1st order. The W label stop of nave S door is probably a later insert of the 13th c. given the disturbed mortar bed, the harsh break between last block of the label and the stop, and the normative scale of the head. The first two lengths of the label on the E half of bay 1 (i.e. springing from the E respond) and about half the length of the label in the W half of bay 2 are later insertions. All of the aisle-side label in both bays 1 and 2 is a later insertion.

This font looks to be of good 12thc. work and served as the model for the later fonts at Fulbeck and Carlton-le-Moorland.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 192195

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 2nd ed, (Penguin, 1990), 227-28.