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Old Church, Stenigot, Lincolnshire

(53°18′33″N, 0°7′20″W)
TF 252 808
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
19 Nov 2000

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The most isolated church in the county, the so-called “Old Church” is not even on the OS Landranger maps. It is located in the middle of a vast sheep pasture three quarters of a mile NE of the village. The nave is in ruins, a pile of rubble amidst a gnarly, romantic copse. The only part of the church standing is the short chancel. The chancel arch, which is now embedded in the W wall, is Romanesque as is the unmoulded S window.


Though there is an entry for Stenigot in the Domesday Book, there is no mention of a church. Thorold, the sheriff of Lincoln in the late 1070s owned a manor in Stenigot which was passed on to Lucy, his niece or grandniece. The rectory was instituted in 1233/4. The advowson was held by Trentham Priory (Staffordshire). The priory never appropriated the church, but a small portion of its tithes went to its prior, and a larger pension to the prior of Spalding. In the 1291 Taxatio, the church was valued at £9.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The new church of Stenigot is of red brick, and dates from 1892. It is dedicated to St Nicholas like its predecessor: the church in this article is now referred to as the Old Church.


N. Pevsner, J. Harris, N. Antram, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire. New Haven and London 1990, 717.

F. Hill, Medieval Lincoln. Cambridge 1948, 92.