English Churches - Lincolnshire
A nice church with a splendid Norman doorway
Peterís Church is a beautiful honey coloured stone building
dating from the C12th, which was restored in the C15th when
the windows were enlarged. It is a typical English parish
church with a large square tower at the west end with
battlements and tall crocketted pinnacles at the corners.
The nave is also battlemented and there are pinnacles at the
east end and a small cross above the chancel. Walls are
buttressed. The south porch was built later with more
pinnacles and a cross. It partially obscures the edges of
the Norman doorway.
This has a solid wooden door with three carved arches above the top. The inner arch has chevron carving. The middle arch has a crenellated design. The outer arch has birdís heads with long beaks pointing inwards.
Inside it is a warm and welcoming building. There are three pointed arches with round pillars leading into the north aisle which has a childrenís corner at the back and small altar at the east end with a painting of Jesus with small children above it.
The wooden roof in the nave has small carved heads at the base of the wooden arches. The pointed chancel arch has an elegant C15th open carved rood screen with a small crucifix above. On the walls on either side are unusual carved stone roundels which seem decorative rather than functional.
The chancel has a large organ on the north wall, a C19th font and choir stalls with carved ends. On the south wall, under a canopy is C14th effigy of a priest in flowing vestments holding a chalice. His feet seem to be resting on a lion, indicating he gave his life in service of his country. There are other memorial stones on the chancel walls.
Being just after Easter, the altar was covered with a cloth with a modern collage design with the three crosses on a hill. The wall beneath the east window is panelled. The window has a small image of Christ carrying the cross and small colourful roundels with flower designs. On the south wall of the chancel is a small square window with some medieval stained glass at the top.
At the back by the door is a Norman font which came from a demolished church in Grimsby. On the west wall are wooden boards with the Ten Commandments.
The church was still decorated for Easter when we visited.
The church is on the northern edge of Middle Rasen, next to the primary school. It is open and there is on road parking. The post code for the church is LN8 3TS. The grid reference is TF087895.
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