TF0135 : Interior, St Margaret's church, Braceby

taken 10 years ago, near to Braceby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Interior, St Margaret's church, Braceby
Interior, St Margaret's church, Braceby
The church dates from the 13th century. The building is small, 36ft x 22ft and has been altered over the centuries. There are two sections, the larger Nave and the smaller Chancel with the altar. The church has one side aisle, the north, dated to the 13th century, with 14th century windows. The clerestory has 15th century windows; showing that improvements were made throughout the middle ages. On the north aisle pillar behind the curtain at the back of the church is the beginning of a carved alphabet, letters a to g in Gothic script. If you look carefully you can see the beginning of a letter h which may have been a stonemason practising.
You can still see the blocked archways of the demolished south aisle with re-installed 14th century windows, still with fragments of medieval glass in them. The south doorway and the font are also 14th century.
Only the west wall of St Margaretís remains as it was originally built 8 centuries ago. There are also signs of the later raising of the roof.
The 13th century chancel arch has traces of the rich red stain used to decorate churches in the Middle Ages. Before Henry VIIIís split from Rome there was a rood screen high across the arch, showing Jesus on the cross with Mary and St John. To comply with Queen Elizabethís statues it was removed and burned. Nicholas Bawnes, Churchwarden, testified to this in 1566. Cuts in the stonework indicate where it might have been fixed.
The chancel was rebuilt in 1870 by Ewan Christian. At or before that time a small chapel beside the chancel was demolished, said to be where the Towne family were buried. There are two monument in the Chancel. Next to the altar is the tomb slab of Ann Towne, widow of the Lord of the Manor, Richard Towne. She died in 1630. On the wall is a more elaborate memorial to Alice & Richard Torry who died in 1738 and 1739.
The porch seat on the east side is made from a medieval tomb slab identified as being of a design more common in the Trent Valley than in Kesteven. It may have commemorated a priest.
The church has two bells in a 13th century gabled bellcote. The straight sides of the smaller treble bell show it is medieval, dated circa 1200 Ė the 2nd oldest in Lincolnshire. The other bell is circa 1500.
Mass dial on the outer wall of the porch is thought to be dated between 1400 and 1500.
The church has never been modernised and is still without electricity.

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TF0135, 20 images   (more nearby search)
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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 1 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 May, 2012
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St Margarets 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0164 3534 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.3535N 0:29.4124W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0164 3534
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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