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St John the Baptist, South Carlton, Lincolnshire

(53°16′40″N, 0°34′36″W)
South Carlton
SK 950 766
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
11 January 1995

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South Carlton is a village in West Lindsey, Lincolnshire, 2 miles N of Lincoln. The church is on the northern edge of the village and is built of coursed limestone rubble. It was It has a W tower and interior nave and chancel. It is 12thc in origin but was almost entirely rebuilt in 1859 by S. S. Teulon. The side aisles and most of the exterior are 19th century. The aisle arcades were rebuilt in the 19thc using original 13th-century material. To the N of the chancel is the Monson mausoleum built in 1897-98 by William Watkins. The plain W arch of the nave is Romanesque as is the reset piscina in the N wall of the Monson mausoleum.


In 1086 Odo, Bishop of Bayeux held 1 carucate of land in South Carlton, previously held by Ealdormann. The land is held from the bishop by Ralph the Steward and Earnwine the priest, and there is a church too. Earnwine said that it ought to belong to the king.

A further 6 carucates were held by Gunnhvati before the Conquest and by Svartbrandr in 1086.



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


According to a note posted in the church, this human-faced basin was set into the wall to the S of the altar, confirming its use as a piscina. It remained in that location until 1861 when the rebuilding of the S aisle may have required the movement of the piscina from its original location.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 197029

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI52246

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 661-62,