English Churches - Lincolnshire

St Genewys Church, Scotton


A typical English parish church with an unusual name


With a name like St Genewys, you would expect this church to be in Wales. It isn't. It is in Scotton, a small village in the depths of the Lincolnshire countryside. Off the A159, it is bypassed by the traffic and you have to want to come here.

No-one seems to know why the church was dedicated to St Genewys. The name is thought to be derived from St Genesius, a C7th Bishop of Clermont Ferrand in France but why a church in in Lincolnshire is named after him is a mystery. There is a portrait of him in the C19th stained glass window in the north wall of the chancel.

The church stands on the edge of the village, overlooking farmland. It is an attractive building with small square battlemented tower, nave, side aisles and chancel.

St Genewys Church, Scotton

The church dates from the C12th but was extensively rebuilt in the C19th.

There are dog tooth mouldings around the door. Immediately inside the doorway is the octagonal font which Pevsner describes as “really terrible”. It's a mish mash of styles, but isn't that bad.

St Genewys Church, Scotton

It is a rather characterless church with round pillars on the north arcade and octagonal pillars on the south arcade, both with pointed arches above. The church was heavily restored by the Victorians and the fittings are all Victorian. It is unusual as there are two small windows above the chancel arch.

St Genewys Church, Scotton

At the end of the south aisle is the C13th effigy of a cross legged knight in chain mail and wearing a surcoat. His feet rest on a lion and it is thought this could be Robert de Neville who went to Jerusalem in 1290.

St Genewys Church, Scotton

Against the south wall is a C15th effigy of a lady in flowing robes with a dog at her feet. This is thought to be another member of the Neville Family, who were Lords of the manor during the Middle Ages.

St Genewys Church, Scotton

At the end of the north aisle is the tomb stone of a C15th priest with his head, shoulders and arms shown in relief in a recessed panel at the head of the stone slab. 

St Genewys Church, Scotton

There isn't a lot to attract visitors to the church although the effigies are rather nice.

When we visited the church was open as local ladies were decorating the church for a wedding. If it is locked, a key can be obtained from the vicarage. There is plenty of parking in the church hall by the church. The post code is DN21 3QP and the grid reference SK890991.

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