English Churches - Lincolnshire

All Saints' Church, Winteringham


An attractive parish church with some old carved stones in the walls


Winteringham is a small village above the south bank of the River Humber. The area has been settled since Roman times and there was a ford or ferry across the river here. There was a church recorded here in the Domesday Book.

The church is at the western end of the village and surrounded by trees. It is an attractive building of local ironstone with millstone grit ashlared tower.
 
All Saints' Church, Winteringham

The nave is C12th and replaced the smaller, earlier church. The side aisles were added later as was the chancel. The tower dates from the late C15th. The church was in poor condition and there was a major rebuild in the mid C19th. Much of the stonework was reused and old carved stones can be seen. High on the north wall is a large square stone with what could be a carved figure.
 
All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

On the east end of the south transept is a small carved figure which might have come from an old grave.

All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

On the south wall are the remains of what could be an old gravestone.
 
All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

Entry is through the south porch with a wooden door with a smaller inset door. The font is just inside the door, with its tall wooden cover and dates from 1850.
 
All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham     All Saints'
                Church, Winteringham

Arcades of round pillars separate the nave and side aisles. The north arcade with its pointed arches is actually slightly earlier than the south arcade with its round arches.

All Saints' Church, Winteringham

All Saints' Church, Winteringham

The pillars have carved capitals and the underside of the arches are decorated with carving.

All Saints' Church, Winteringham

All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham  All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

Walls were plastered when the church was restored in the mid C19th. There is no record of earlier wall paintings. The walls were repainted about 15 years ago, but the wrong sort of paint was used and is now peeling off badly in places. 

The woodwork dates from the mid C19th restoration and there is a small chapel in the south transept.

All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

The chancel is very plain with a wooden altar with royal blue drapes behind it.

All Saints' Church, Winteringham

On the south wall is a double piscina.

All Saints' Church,
                Winteringham

On the wall above it is a brass memorial to a Victorian rector. Set under an arch on the north wall is a stone effigy of a C13th knight in armour with his feet resting on a lion. This is thought to be William Marmion who was Lord of the Manor and died in 1276. 

All Saints' Church, Winteringham  All Saints' Church, Winteringham

The glass is all C19th and was given in memory of local families.
 
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                  Winteringham All Saints' Church,
                  Winteringham All Saints' Church,
                  Winteringham All Saints' Church,                  Winteringham

The window in the south transept was replaced as a Millennium project. The C19th stained glass had been blown in during World War II and had been stored in the church. On examination, all the glass was still there. The window has been carefully restored but unfortunately St John and the Virgin Mary are the wrong way round. They should be facing Christ Crucified, not looking away from him.
 
This is a very attractive church. It is kept locked but the churchwarden lives in the village and has a key. It is also possible to go up the tower, but the spiral staircase is narrow and very steep and it is also quite a scramble out onto the roof.

There is parking by the church. The nearest post code is DN15 9NY and the grid reference is SE 924224

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