SK9654 : Mermaid Grotesque, St Chad's church, Welbourn

taken 4 years ago, near to Welbourn, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Mermaid Grotesque, St Chad's church, Welbourn
Mermaid Grotesque, St Chad's church, Welbourn
Grade I listed

The church dates from the 12th century onwards and was restored in 1884.
It is constructed with limestone and slate roofs. There is a western tower with a spire, nave and aisles, chancel and south porch.
The tower is of four stages and dates from the 12th century. There is an octagonal crocketted spire with 14th century battlements. It is strangely convex towards the top.

There are a large number of gargoyles and carved figures in the style of Heckington St Andrew's church, possibly by the same craftsmen.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1854. There are four windows to the clerestory dating from the 15th century, the east nave Gable contains a small Sanctus bell with canopy. To the north is a small octagonal spire which is above the Rood stair, and to the south is a large crocketted pinnacles.

The aisles have four bay arcades with octagonal piers. The south aisle has a double pointed arched piscina and a shallow tomb recess. There is a wall tablet to Robert Knights, and several wall tablets to the Dicbourne family.

The church is currently undergoing maintenance on the southern roof, which had been leaking for some time.

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SK9654, 49 images   (more nearby )
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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 29 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
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St Chads 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9685 5450 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.7372N 0:33.3401W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9685 5450
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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