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St Michael, Stragglethorpe, Lincolnshire

(53°3′39″N, 0°38′15″W)
SK 914 524
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo

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Feature Sets

Small church with 11thc. stone work in W wall of what was originally a single cell structure of nave and chancel. Rest of church, including the added N aisle, appears to be of c. 1200. There are three fragments of a Romanesque pillar piscina and a drum-shaped font in the nave.


The church of St Michael in Stragglethorpe was subordinate to All Saints in Beckingham, its mother church. A 1349 visitation to Stragglethorpe records the inhabitants complaints about their struggles to carry corpses through flood waters for burial at Beckingham.




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The stippling of the font surface occurs only on the upper fragment. This is not regular and occurs only under the arches, not on the capitals or on the arches themselves. This same stippling effect is seen on the pier immediately adjacent to the font where it is used for enhanced decorative effect, particularly on the top two courses of the pier where the stippling contrasts with areas left smooth. The two lines on the lip of the font are nearly centred over arches and may perhaps have once been guidelines for the sculptor; it is possible that the unusual quirk running up the columns may have served the same purpose.


D. Owen, Church and Society in Medieval Lincolnshire. History of Lincolnshire, Vol. 5. 1971 (2nd ed. 1990), 16.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. London, 1990, 725-26.