TF0516 : St Andrew's Church: South Door

taken 3 years ago, near to Witham on The Hill, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

St Andrew's Church: South Door
St Andrew's Church: South Door
An interior view of the south door, replaced in 1873 within the original Norman semicircular doorway.

There are steps down into the church from this door, and the handrail thoughtfuly provided can be lifted off when both doors have to be opened, as at a wedding.
St Andrew's Church, Witham on the Hill
St Andrew's is a foundation going back to Saxon times, with a church mentioned in the Domesday book, but the earliest traces found now are of the late 12th century foundation: there is a Norman arch on the entrance, and a Norman pillar is preserved next to the altar, for example.

Repairs and modifications occurred in nearly every intervening century, with the roof dating from 1818 and a major Victorian restoration by G Gilbert Scott Jr in 1873/74, leaving the interior we see today. The Pews and other woodwork date from 1907, and the rood screen and chancel furniture from 1910. The organ, replacing one of 1874, was installed in 1946.

The original tower - wherever it may have been located - collapsed in 1736, and the guide book tells an amusing story about the bell ringers escaping doom because they lingered in the pub for an extra beer. The replacement is in an unusual location next to the southern wall, and was erected in 1738 to the designs of Stamford Architect George Portwood. Pevsner was rather sniffy about the design, which does seem to be a pastiche of various medieval elements.

There are 6 bells in the old concert key of F, variously recast in 1831 and 1962.

There is a guide book sold in the church by the village Historical society, and also available on line with better illustrations at LinkExternal link

The building is grade I listed by Heritage England, see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 22 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0529 1658 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.1967N 0:26.5199W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0529 1658
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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