SK9913 : Church of All Saints, Pickworth

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

Church of All Saints, Pickworth
Church of All Saints, Pickworth
Looking west from the chancel. There is no pulpit, only the lectern, from which presumably the whole service is carried out.
All Saints Church, Pickworth
An Italianate church built in the early 19th century, to replace the former medieval church destroyed during the Battle of Losecote Field in 1470. It is a grade II listed building.

The church was built by the Rector of Casterton, the Rev. Richard Lucas, in the early 19th century, around the same time as the construction of the Methodist chapel and perhaps in direct competition with the nonconformists. The village was substantially rebuilt around this time by the landowner, the Earl of Exeter, who donated the land for this church. The building was funded out of a legacy of Joseph Armitage, of Wakefield.

The interior is plain with the original box pews. These have been reversed at some point in the 19th century; the pulpit and altar were originally under the West window, where the font now stands. The congregation now faces east.

A guidebook in the church says it was built in 1824, but the Peterborough Diocese website for the church says 1816. The Wikipedia page says 1821, and the English Heritage listing, quoting the Victoria County History, says 1822. This latter date is also given on a memorial in the church to Joseph Armitage as the date of the bequest, so the construction probably occurred a little later. The modern registers date from 1812, when some unknown building was being used as a chapel-of-ease by the Casterton church.

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The Victoria County History is at LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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Period (from Tags)
Early 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9921 1382 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.7774N 0:31.9709W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9923 1382
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Parish Church  Grade II Listed  Church Interior 

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