SK9324 : St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth

taken 6 years ago, near to Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth
St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth

Grade I listed

The original church consisting of nave and chancel, was built in herringbone coursing with small round-headed windows, was here in the year 1000. The last of the herringbone walling can be seen above the North Arcade and in the corner of the Lady Chapel above the South Arcade.

The church consists of western tower, nave, clerestory, aisles, south porch, chancel, north organ chamber and vestry. The tower is of 3 stages and made of ashlar. The mason was Thomas de Somersby as inscribed on the southern base plinth of the tower. With such a massive structure, the walls are four feet thick; it almost certainly had a spire as depicted in a sketch by the young Isaac Newton on the kitchen wall of the Woolsthorpe Manor, drawn around 1650. The four gargoyles, water outlets no longer in use, tend to support this assumption.

Behind the organ is a sundial carved by the young Isaac Newton with his pen knife at the age of 9 at Woolsthorpe Manor. It was built into the wall at the time of the chapel's reconstruction and a bust of Newton was carved into the corbel above it. This work was carried out by the Turnor family and the sundial given by C. Turnor Esq.

The octagonal font has part C15 stem with panels in part bearing pointed arches containing sacred symbols and floriate designs, and also C12 billet moulded blank arcading, the panels filled with fleurons and trefoils. The C19 bowl repeats this theme.

In 1876 the chancel was rebuilt by James Fowler of Louth.

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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 14 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 26 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Church (from Tags)
St John the Baptist 
Place (from Tags)
Colsterworth 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9302 2415 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.4134N 0:37.2912W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9305 2413
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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