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St Thomas a Becket, Bassingthorpe, Lincolnshire

(52°50′43″N, 0°34′1″W)
SK 966 285
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
20 November 2000

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A stalwart church solidly holding its own on this windswept hill, St Thomas à Becket consists of a W tower, a nave with S aisle, and a chancel primarily of the 13thc; the S porch dates from the 16thc. The chancel arch, the S arcade of the nave, and a reused grave-marker in the piscina are Romanesque.


Though there is an entry for Bassingthorpe in Domesday Book, there is no mention of a church here in 1086.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The use of two drilled holes to delineate the base of each leaf on the Pier 1 capital is similar to that found on the Pier 1 capital of the nave N arcade at SS Mary and Andrew in Stoke Rochford, just 5 km. to the west. Is this an element of a common setting-out technique, or perhaps a specific workshop feature?


Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Vol. 3, London 1899, 44.

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England, Lincolnshire, New Haven and London 1989, 128-29.