St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth :: Shared Description


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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.
by Julian P Guffogg
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SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: Main Entrance by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: The Celebrant's view by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: Aumbry by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Tree in the churchyard of St John the Baptist by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : Stained glass window, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : Church of St John the Baptist in Colsterworth by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : Stone head at the Church of St John the Baptist by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist:  Decorative Downpipe by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : St John the Baptist church tower by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: North Aisle by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : 13th century doorway by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: Broken stair light by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Organ, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : Stained glass window, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist:  North Gate by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Interior, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : Stained glass window, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: Organ pipes by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Stone head at the Church of St John the Baptist by Mat Fascione
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist:  Decorative Downpipe by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Font, St John the Baptist church, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: Ordnance Survey bench mark by Bob Harvey
SK9324 : Stained glass window, St John the Baptist, Colsterworth by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9324 : The Church of John the Baptist: The Pulpit by Bob Harvey

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Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013, Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013

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