A SPECIAL TIME-CAPSULE
Churches are wonderful landmarks within villages and towns, usually
surviving most other pieces of architecture within their location. They
become time-capsules telling the history of what has gone before. Mentioned
below are just a few of the interesting churches that lie within the
area, but there are many others which are certainly worth visiting.
Near to Horncastle, is the picturesque village of Somersby, birthplace
of Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Church of Saint Margaret
was once presided over by Tennyson's father who was the local Vicar.
The octagonal font, where Tennyson was baptised, still remains. Alongside
the font is a quill pen and two pipes (which the poet used), and a bronze
bust of the poet by Thomas Woolner.
Only a few miles on lies the small village of Greetham, one of the highest
points in Lincolnshire overlooking Tennyson Country. All Saints is a charming church built
from greenstone and has a register that dates from 1653.
THE THATCHED CHURCH
Near to the market town of Alford is Markby. This village has a remarkable
thatched church, the last remaining example in Lincolnshire. Saint Peter's
stands within a moat that originally surrounded a 12th century priory,
and inside are original benches and an old chest, probably made from
monastic oak beams.
ST. JAMES'S, LOUTH
One of the most notable landmarks in Lincolnshire's Poacher Country
is the church of Saint James's in Louth. The spire, reaching 295 feet,
can be seen from many miles around and acts as a welcoming sight to
those travelling to the market town. The church was built in the 15th
century and was renovated by Louth architect, James Fowler in the 1860s,
and includes wonderful woodcarvings by local craftsman Thomas Wallis.