01/08/2010

Normanby-by-Spital

Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire

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Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire

St Peter's in Normaby-by-Spital is not a great repository of monuments or a building of great atmosphere, it is a fairly straightforward sort of church.  Externally the earliest part of the church appears to be the lower stage of the west tower, which looks Norman.  I'm not convinced by Pevsner's designation of the tower as Early English. Externally the rest of the church appears to be Decorated and I suspect the rather short chancel has been truncated at some point, perhaps in Goddard's restoration in 1890.

Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire

Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire

Internally the most impressive feature is the fine north arcade, a late Norman masterpiece and worth travelling some distance to see.  Its glorious capitals have moukded square abaci decorated with glorious curling, serrated crockets and are set on sturdy pillars.  The south arcade is later, Early English, the capitals decorated with rather crude stiff-leaf.

Normanby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire

There is little else to see, except for one or two nineteenth century tablets and font formed from a medieval kitchen mortar.  The church was declared redundant in 1975 and is now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

Access: The church is kept open during daylight hours.  There is ample parking by the roadside.


 If you want to see some more photos of Normanby look in my Flickr set.

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