Building record MLI33853 - Church of St Mary Magdalene, Old Somerby


Church of St Mary Magdalene, Old Somerby

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PRN 33853 Norman to Perpendicular, with 19th century alterations, in normal use. {1}{2} A church in Old Somerby is mentioned in the Domesday Book (see 35168). {4} Stained glass in this church dates to the 14th century.{5} A church dating from the 12th century with later additions and changes, in particular in 1876 there were alterations and additions. The church is built of coursed rubble limestone with slate roof. The ashlar tower was re-erected in the 18th century on an earlier base. A 1876 vestry abuts the chancel. There are two scratch dials beside the porch. The nave roof is 19th century but reuses 15th century tie beams. There is a 14th century recumbent knight in the chancel, at his feet his horse and groom. In the north aisle are fragments of 14th century stained glass of the arms of the Threckingham family. There is also a late 14th century octagonal font. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {6} Against the north wall of the chancel is the damaged, limestone effigy of a cross-legged man with hands raised in prayer and feet supported by a saddled kneeling horse. To the right of the horse is a kneeling figure, without a head through damage, presumably a squire. The sculpture dates to about 1320 to 1325. There is no heraldry currently present but Gervase Holles (1607-75) describes a chevron between a ten cross sable, which makes the effigy that of Henry Sleyt. {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Index: OS CARD INDEX. OLD SOMERBY. SK 93 SE:4,1965, DA.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Nikolaus Pevsner and John Harris, with Nicholas Antram. 1989. Buildings of England: Lincolnshire (Second Edition). P 594-95.
  •  Index: SMR file Old Somerby. OLD SOMERBY. SK 93 SE:Z,1983, DES.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Morris, J. (ed.). 1986. Domesday Book for Lincolnshire. 31:3.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Penny Hebgin-Barnes. 1996. The Medieval Stained Glass of the County of Lincolnshire. pp. 233-34.
  •  Index: Department of the Environment. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 5/51.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Downing, Mark. 2010. Medieval Military Monuments in Lincolnshire. pp.44-45.



Grid reference Centred SK 9648 3396 (25m by 17m)

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Dec 6 2023 10:34AM


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