We use cookies to improve your experience, some are essential for the operation of this site.

St Mary, Wilsford, Lincolnshire

(52°58′29″N, 0°30′17″W)
TF 005 430
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
1 Nov 2000

Please use this link to cite this page - https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=9032.

Find out how to cite the CRSBI website here.

Feature Sets

Wilsford is a village sited 4 miles WSW of Sleaford and 7 miles NE of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The church of St Mary is comprosed of building from many eras. Some of the quoins of the nave date this church to the Anglo-Saxon period but the two-bay nave with N and S aisles date from the 13thc, the N chapel of the chancel from the first half of the 14thc, and the clerestory and the W tower with its recessed spire are of 14th/15thc date. Kirk and Parry did restoration work here in 1860-1 which included the present chancel arch. The responds of the N chapel arch by the chancel are Romanesque.


Domesday Book lists a church here in 1086 on the land of Godfrey of Cambrai. The manor of Wilsford was purchased by Bishop Remigius (Lincoln) from Godfrey for the church of St. Mary, Lincoln (i.e. the cathedral).


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The surface on these triple responds is generally covered with parallel striations of a rough, claw chisel. All the column shafts are sharp and clean and the rather large, bulky shields of the scallops are not set off from the abacus by any horizontal quirk as might be expected. The whole has probably been recut at some time. As at Folkingham, Pevsner suggests that these responds were possibly part of the original Romanesque chancel arch.


N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England. Lincolnshire, London 1989, 801.

Domesday Book: Lincolnshire, ed. J. Morris, Chichester 1992, 51,12.