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St Lawrence. Snarford, Lincolnshire

(53°19′41″N, 0°25′29″W)
TF 050 824
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
17 March 1994

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Snarford is a village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 9 miles NE of Lincoln and 6 miles SW of Market Rasen on the A46 that links these two places. The church is to the N of the village, on the site of the Deserted Medieval Village along with Hall Farm (see Lincs HER). It is a limestone building consisting of a nave, a chancel with a north chapel, and a west tower. The lower part of the W tower is 12thc. The remainder of the church is 14thc and 15thc. It was restored in the 19thc and was declared redundant in 1995. It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Inside the tower are four round-headed or segmental arches, one on each wall, at a level just above the later pointed arch leading into the nave. Romanesque sculpture is found on the E wall arch, which has been reset; the other arches are plain.


The main Tenant in Chief of Snarford was the Bishop of Durham in 1086, and Kolsveinn held it from him. It was assessed at 2 carucates.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The four arches rise from four double springers, but whereas the plain mouldings of the round-headed arches on the N and S faces are the same as those of the double springers, there is a clear break between the springers supporting the E arch and its carved voussoirs; the E arch must therefore be reset here from some other location.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 196938

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI80787

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 657.