Photo credit: Josh Holmes. 

The brochure for the Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast Churches Festival is now available. You can view or download it on their website.

The festival will run over two weekends: Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September and Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th September so do make a date in your diary.  

Many are mentioned in the Domesday book (completed in 1086) or have medieval origins that were melded later with those of the Victorian era. They are linked to noble families, explorers and poets. One was a former doctors’ surgery (Coningsby United Methodist Church), others go back to the 11th century and are still standing. One claims to be the resting place of Tom Thumb (Tatterhsall), some have organs and bells of note.

Here is a selection of things to see over the first weekend (Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September) which are listed in the brochure:

Wild Flowers churchyards (including):

  • Donington on Bain, St Andrew - part of the churchyard is dedicated to God’s Acre and the village school takes part in the growing and planting of wild flowers.
  • High Toynton, St John the Baptist – wildflower churchyard.

Noted as having outstanding views or other notable location:

  • Ashby Puerorum, St Andrew
  • Fulletby, St Andrew                                                                                             
  • Greetham, All Saints
  • Halton Holegate, St Andrew
  • Mareham on the Hill, All Saints – located down a green lane the church is set in a field.
  • Oxcombe, All Saints – located in one of Lincolnshire’s most picturesque and secluded valleys.
  • Scamblesby, St Martin
  • West Keal, St Helens (the church sits at the same height as the top of Boston Stump!)
  • Wilksby, All Saints – amid fields in an isolated location

Would you like to visit somewhere listed in the Domesday Book completed in 1086? Places are listed with the name of the current church although the church may not have been listed at the time of the Domesday Book.

  • Edlington, St Helen
  • Fulletby, St Andrew
  • Gayton Le Wold, St Peter
  • Langton with Old Woodhall, St Margaret
  • Little Steeping, St ANdrew
  • Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
  • Ranby, St German
  • Stenigot, St Nicholas 
  • Scremby, St Peter & St Paul
  • Skendleby, St Peter & St Paul
  • Stickford, St Helen
  • Toynton, All Saints  

Roof Angels can be found in the following churches:

  • Addlethorpe, St Nicholas
  • Bardney, St Lawrence  
  • Halton Holegate, St Andrew
  • Horncastle, St Mary
  • Marshchapel, St Mary

There are notable ‘Poppy heads’/Pew ends at:

  • Stickford, St Helen – outstanding medieval pew ends.
  • Stixwould, St Peter – originating from an earlier church there are many interesting faces on the pew ends including one lady sticking her tongue out at the devil on the pew opposite.
  • Winthorpe, St Mary – the church has beautiful carved wooden pew ends.

Churches of architectural interest:

  • Baumber, St Swithin – Grade 1 listed church that is in effect a medieval church encased in a Georgian red brick shell from 1758.
  • Gayton Le Wold, St Peter – very small church consisting only of a chancel and nave.
  • Haugh, St Leonard - Grade 1 listed building with a simple two cell structure. Early Norman Chancel arch and mostly 14thor 15thcentury masonry. It is described as being ‘for the most part a mausoleum’ to the Haugh and Bolle families (A church Near You/About us) with a grand monument of Sir John Bolle and his family.
  • Kirkstead, St Leonard – one of the finest pieces of 13thcentury architecture according to Pevsner
  • Lusby with Asgardby, St Peter – dating to the 11th century, this is a Grade 1 listed building meaning it is of exceptional interest.
  • Oxcombe, All Saints – Octagonal lantern tower.
  • Ruckland with Farforth, St Olave – one of the smallest churches in Lincolnshire.
  • Scremby, St Peter & St Paul – Pretty Georgian church.
  • Snelland, All Saints – this 12th century church contains beautiful carved stone medieval faces and a rare leper’s window.
  • Stainfield, St Andrew – Unique Queen Anne church in picturesque parkland. The church dates from 1711 and is in a style attributed to Sir Christopher Wren.
  • Tattershall, Holy Trinity – large medieval perpendicular church founded in 1439.
  • West Ashby, All Saints – Grade 1 listed. The church is primarily 15th century and was restored in 1873. It still retains its Norman doorway.
  • Wilksby, All Saints – a tiny church built in 1787 although there has been a building on the site since 1230.

Things to see and do (including):

  • Bardney Dairies Methodist Church – Guided walk from the chapel to the Butterfly Garden and ancient Lime Woods on Sunday at 12.30pm.
  • Bucknell, St Margaret – Special exhibition telling the little-known story of Zeppelin bombing raids on Lincolshire during WW1. 
  • East Kirkby, St Nicholas – Statue of three angles dating back to medieval times.
  • Hemingby, St Margaret’s – let costumed villagers guide you through Hemingby’s past.
  • Holton cum Beckering, All Saints – Rare and beautiful mosaic and marble reredos and painted chancel ceiling.
  • High Toynton, St John the Baptist – Story telling with puppets 2-4.30pm both days.
  • Horncastle, St Mary – exhibition of 100 years of Christenings.
  • Ingoldmells, St Peter & St Paul – a cabinet in the church olds ancient artefacts, prehistoric bones and Roman pottery.
  • Kirkstead, St Leonard – the wooden screen and the knight monument are among the oldest in England.
  • Langton by Wragby, St Giles – Exhibition on Stephen Langton, the Magna Carta and local history. Langton was a former Archbishop of Canterbury who was the principal architect of the Magna Carta.
  • Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul – Henry IV and Civil War exhibition and medieval grafitti.
  • Rand, St Oswald – Outstanding rare coped stone coffin lid from between 10-12thcenturies. Other notable monuments in brass and stone. Brass rubbing.
  • Revesby, St Lawrence – An exhibition of Revesby’s connection with Sir Joseph Banks, the naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. Banks was the president of the Royal Society for 41 years and was on Captain James Cook’s first voyage. He also advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
  • Scamblesby, St Martin – display of art by children from the village school entitled ‘My Church’.
  • Somersby, St Margaret - Tennyson themed guided walk from Bag Enderby to Somersby 2-3.30pm on both days of the festival. Booking essential (01507 534847). Donations. Park at church.
  • Spilsby, St James – fine tombs and brass connected to the Willoughby de Eresby family.
  • Stanfield, St Andrew – 5 cross stitched panels originally worked by the ladies of the manor (Stainfield Hall)
  • Skegness, St Clement – the rectors board shows the date of the first rector of the church being 1290. Rare Breeches Bible on display.  
  • Skegness, St Matthew – Family fun day from 12 to 3pm with BBQ, bouncy castle and table top sale.
  • Tattershall, Holy Trinity – Tom Thumb’s grave and maybe the bats as the church accommodates several hundred!
  • Thornton, St Wilfrid – Houses one of the oldest organs in Britain.
  • Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence – rare 14thcentury stained glass.
  • Woodhall Spa, St Peter – a collection of fine stained glass both Victorian and modern.

This festival has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the generous donations of National Lottery players.  It is managed by the National Churches Trust.  Details of other Lincolnshire churches can be found by visiting www.explorechurches.org/lincolnshire