TF0412 : Church of St Mary: inside door

taken 4 years ago, near to Essendine, Rutland, Great Britain

Church of St Mary: inside door
Church of St Mary: inside door
The door is also the focus for all the statutory notices about fire precautions
Church and Moated site, Essendine
St Mary's is a church with Saxon origins, which was once the chapel of the adjacent castle or moated manor. It replaced an earlier parish church, long demolished, although the location is recorded. Essendine is an enclave of Rutland between Stamford and the remainder of Lincolnshire, essentially on the 'wrong side' of the river Gwash

The church is grade II* listed, and the moated remains are a scheduled ancient monument. Heritage England refer to it as a Castle, as does local tradition, though the OS describes the remains as Manorial. There need not, of course, be a clear distinction.

The moated remains are deep and well preserved, although no building survives. The church dates mostly from the 12th century, with a chancel added to the east laster. The roof was replaced and the windows repaired in the 19th century.

The church has a tiny two-bell bellcote at the west, and is famous for the Tympanum above the south door. The carved doorway and the chancel arch may have come from the earlier church. The church, part of the diocese of Peterborough is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.

The church nave dates from the 12th Century, and the chancel was added in the 13th. The whole was extensively restored in the 19th century.

For details of the listing for the church see: LinkExternal link
For details of the listing for the castle see: LinkExternal link
See also the lengthy description in the Victoria County History: LinkExternal link and the summary in Pastscape: LinkExternal link

The Peterborough Diocesan listing for St Mary Magdalene, Essendine is at LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 19 December, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 December, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Interior 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0489 1278 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.1525N 0:26.9480W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0489 1279
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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