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St Edward, Barlings, Lincolnshire

(53°15′33″N, 0°23′23″W)
TF 075 748
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
25 July 1992

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Isolated in a field, this unusual looking church consists of a nave and a chancel. The coursed, rubble, nave walls may be 13th century, like the shafted bellcote. The design of the south window in the nave and the font points to renovation work in the 14th century. In 1876 Charles Kirk, Jr. rebuilt the east end of the nave and chancel at a greater height than the west part of the nave; hence the unusual look of this church. Lewis mentions in 1848 that the church lay “in ruins” which suggests that Kirk’s renovation was a major overhaul. The Romanesque features here are the south doorway of the nave and a loose pier base.


Domesday Book mentions a church in Barlings in 1086 on land owned by Kolsveinn, the lord of Brattleby, Lincolnshire and tenant-in-chief of more than fifty manors in the county. In 1154, when Ralf de Haya, the son of the constable of Lincoln Castle, founded nearby Barlings Abbey (of the Premonstratensian order) he included in the foundation gift the vill and the church of Barlings.


Exterior Features


Loose Sculpture


The diminutive nave of the original church suggests that St. Edward’s may have begun as a field chapel for the small hamlet of Barlings. The expressive angle spurs on the column base suggest a 12th century context; perhaps a rebuilding of the original church into a stone one around the mid-12th century when the church came into the possession of Barlings Abbey.


S. Lewis, ed., 'Barkwith - Barnacre', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), 145-148. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50778; date accessed: 09 March 2012.

J. Morris, gen. ed., Domesday Book: Lincolnshire, vol. 31, Chichester: Phillimore, (1986), 26, 7.

W. Page, ed., VCH: Lincolnshire, Vol. II, London: University of London, 1906 (1988), 204.

N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London: Penguin (1989), 1990, 117.

“Saint-Sauveur, Chapelle Saint-Saveur, Kolsveinn and De La Haye”. URL: http://mauriceboddy.org.uk/Sauveur.htm; date accessed: 9 March 2012.