English Churches - Lincolnshire

St Peterís Church, Normanby-by-Spital


A small village church with some Norman work


Normanby-by-Spital is an attractive small village of stone built houses close to Ermine Street. The area has been occupied since Roman times and there were several Roman villas here. The village was mentioned in the Domesday book and the church has some Norman work.

St Peterís Church,
                Normanby-by-Spital

The church is a typical small medieval church surrounded by a graveyard in the centre of the village. It has a massive square tower at the west end with battlements and tall corner pinnacles. There is a short nave with a clerestory, chancel and side aisles.

Entry is through a small doorway on the south wall. At the back of the church is a Norman arch into the base of the tower. Above it are C18th wooden boards with the Lordís Prayer and Creed.

C12th round pillars and round arches with carved capitals separate the nave and north aisle.

St Peterís Church, Normanby-by-Spital

St Peterís Church, Normanby-by-Spital

The south aisle is later and has pointed arches. The chancel arch is also pointed and has small carved bases.

Walls are whitewashed and there is a wooden ceiling. The floor is covered with red and black tiles. At the back is a C12th stone font on a C19th base.

St Peterís Church,
                Normanby-by-Spital

Furniture and fixings are C19th and include the remains of an old cast iron stove.  There is a small organ at the end of the south aisle and simple altar at the end of the north aisle.

The chancel is plain with a few memorials on the walls. The C19th east window has  scenes of the crucifixion and burial of Christ at the bottom. Above are scenes of Easter Day and at the top is the risen Christ in Majesty.

The church is no longer used and is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust and is always open. There is parking on the road by the church. The post code LN8 2EA  and the grid reference is TF 001881.

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