St Peter’s church, Normanby-by-Spital

St Peter’s church, Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire.

A small church in a small village. It sits on a raised mound on a crossroads in the centre of the village. As is usual in villages with old churches, it has been altered and adjusted over the centuries. All these alterations and adjustments leave their scars on the building. The scars at the east end suggest both that there was originally an apse rather than the flat east wall now in place and a large blocked arch in the north wall of the chancel suggests a now-demolished building on the north side of the chancel. The north aisle also has blocked doorways, one probably leading into the now-demolished building. The footings of the possible apse are visible in the grass.

Both the aisles have windows in their east ends. The stonework in these is very different suggesting that they were built at different times – the north aisle window looks like it started as a doorway.

The church originated in the 12th century with many additions in later medieval centuries. There is surviving Norman masonry (see photos of column heads and feet). The inside was renovated by the Victorians (not always a good thing) and the furniture is theirs as is the stained glass window.

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Author: John Margetts

I am a keen photographer who also collects cameras. I am retired with about 45 years photography experience.

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