TF0516 : St Andrew's church: floor tiles

taken 5 years ago, near to Witham on The Hill, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

St Andrew's church: floor tiles
St Andrew's church: floor tiles
Encaustic tiles next to the altar. Most of the church is stone flagged
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 Historic England, see LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Monday, 22 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 23 August, 2016
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Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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Church Detail 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0530 1658 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.1966N 0:26.5111W
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