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All Saints, Friskney, Lincolnshire

(53°4′33″N, 0°10′40″E)
TF 460 554
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
18 July 1998

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Friskney is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 12 miles NE of Boston and just over 3 miles NW of the coast. The church stands at the N end of the village centre. It is primarily a Perpendicular church with W tower, nave with five-bay side aisles, clerestory, and a long chancel. The tower is Norman in its lowest parts, the next stages are 13thc and the remainder is Perp. The tower staircase doorway is 12thc as are the N doorway of the nave, fragments of an arch re-used as a base in the churchyard, and a fragment of a grave-cover in the churchyard wall. The aisles were rebuilt by Butterfield in 1879.


Accoding to the Domesday Survey, Svartbrand had 2 bovates of land in 1066, held in 1086 by Ketilbjorn in demesne.


Exterior Features






On the N doorway of the nave, the waterleaf capital and pointed arch place the doorway in the late 12thc. The lack of imposts and anomalous treatment of the R nook-shaft capital suggest a later rebuilding. Much of the pointed arch is renewed stonework.

If the elaborate chevron blocks in the lamp post base and the grave-cover fragment are from this site, then a stone church was here by the mid-twelfth century though the remaining fabric is all of later date. Three complete grave covers of this type are to be found at Ingoldmells.

  1. P. Everson and D Stocker, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture, V: Lincolnshire, Oxford 1999, 278, ill. 400.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 418913

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI41784 (on the church)

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI93373 (on the lampstand)

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 238-40.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 288-289.