English Churches - Lincolnshire

St Peterís Church, Scotter


A simple, well loved parish church, but with little to attract the visitors.


Scotter is a dormitory village a few miles from Scunthorpe, with a few shops, a couple of pubs and a sign from the main road to the C11th Church. There is little about the church on the web and only locals go there. It is a lovely setting surrounded by trees and an old graveyard.

The doorway is C11th, but the rest of the church is later. It is a typical English country church with large square battlemented tower at the west end, a long low nave with large windows and a smaller and lower chancel.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

At the base of the tower is an old doorway with a carved wooden door. The priestís door leading into the chancel has two small carved heads at the base of the arch.

St Peterís Church, Scotter St Peterís Church, Scotter

The south door is a typical Norman doorway with round pillars on either side and a round arch above. The tympanum is uncarved and is thought to be Saxon work.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

St Peterís Church, Scotter

Inside, it feels a very light church with light streaming in through the plain glass windows. Pillars with carved capitals and pointed arches separate the nave and north aisle. It still has some white painted Georgian box pews as well as modern chairs.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

Walls have been recently whitewashed. Unfortunately this masks the detail of carving on the pillar capitals.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

At the back is an octagonal C14th font with flowers and shields carved round the bowl.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

On the south wall above the font is a brass to Marmaduke Trywhitt with the kneeling figures of Marmaduke and his wife with their children behind them. On the wall above is a C16th helmet which was found by workmen in the local river and placed in the church.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

The rood screen is C19th and on the left side is a Victorian copy of Melozzo da Forti's painting of  'Angelo Annunciante' 

St Peterís Church, Scotter

The chancel is very plain. Below the east window is a stone slab altar which is probably as old as the church. It was removed, presumably during the Commonwealth, and used a grave slab for William Carrington, the Rector who died in 1697. It has been returned to the church with a later altar standing in front of it. On the north wall are two aumbry cupboards. One has a door, the other is an open shelf set in a niche with a carved head below it.

St Peterís Church, Scotter

This is a very simple church and is well cared for by the parishioners. There is nothing noteworthy to attract the visitors. It is a typical English parish church like so many others. The church is open during the day and there is a small car park for church users. The post code for the church is DN21 3RZ and the grid reference SE 887008

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