Building record MLI40156 - Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall


Holy Trinity Church was a secular college between 1439 and 1547. It may have replaced an earlier medieval church on the site.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Medieval to Modern - 1439 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1200 AD to 1899 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1439 AD)

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Full Description

The secular college of the Holy Trinity, Tattershall, was founded in 1439 to 1440 by Ralph, Lord Cromwell. The parish church, which was to be rebuilt, was transformed into a college for seven priests, six laymen, and six choristers. Buildings of the college were on the south side of the church. They have entirely disappeared. An almshouse for thirteen poor persons was attached to it (see PRN 42861). {1}{2}{3}{4}{5} The college was dissolved in 1547. Holy Trinity Church was thoroughly repaired in the 19th century. Building remains associated with the college include at 'a' TF 2129 5784 - a 15th century brick and stone building (see PRN 43560) and at 'b' TF 2127 5758 - foundations of a second building (see PRN 43557). Both are scheduled college buildings. The Church is in normal use. The building at 'a' is of little character. (see G. P. AO/64/372/8). That at 'b' has been demolished. {6}{7}{8}{9} Stained glass in this church dates to the late 15th century, with some dated specifically to 1482 AD. {10} 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. {11} Four test pits were excavated in the grounds of Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall, in March 2010, to investigate possible water seepage through the northern wall of the church. Test pit 4 revealed foundations for the northern church wall, probably dating from a period of post-medieval renovation of the building. Fragments of 15th century painted window glass were also recovered from this test pit, along with a piece of late medieval window tracery stone, all likely associated with the replacement of the orignial glazing of the church in the mid 18th century. {12}{13} A watching brief was undertaken between May and August 2010, during groundworks for a new toilet block and drainage works at Holy Trinity Collegiate Church. Evidence for a former graveyard and associated inhumations were recorded, predating the existing building (see PRN 49268). This would suggest the presence of an earlier structure on the site, possibly contemporary with the earliest phases of the adjacent castle. The early medieval graveyard soil was sealed by probable ground raising layers, likely deposited during renovation works to the existing structures. A large amount of worked stone fragments and a mixed pottery assemblage, ranging from the 14th to 19th centuries, was recovered from these layers. Glass fragments of 15th and 18th/19th century dates, and a circular brick-lined crucible were also recorded, indicating a long history of renovation of the existing church, particularly in the mid 18th century, when a major phase of re-glazing of the church occurred. {14}{15}

Sources/Archives (15)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. vol.2, p.237.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - First Edition. pp.312, 343.
  •  Article in Serial: SIMPSON, E.M.. 1909. ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL. vol.66, p.347.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: John Charles Cox. 1924. Little Guide: Lincolnshire (Second Edition). pp.306-7.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1872. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire (Third Edition). pp.338-9.
  •  Map: Baker, F. T.. OS 6 INCH SERIES. -.
  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 25 NW: 2.
  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 25 NW: BA.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Penny Hebgin-Barnes. 1996. The Medieval Stained Glass of the County of Lincolnshire. pp.304-31.
  •  Index: Department of the Environment. 1987. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 10/76.
  •  Report: Allen Archaeology Ltd. 2010. Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall. AAL site code: TAHT 10.
  •  Archive: Allen Archaeology Ltd. 2010. Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall. LCNCC 2010.36.
  •  Report: Allen Archaeology Ltd. 2012. Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall. AAL site code: THAT 10.
  •  Archive: Allen Archaeology Ltd. 2012. Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall. LCNCC 2010.36.



Grid reference Centred TF 21213 57584 (54m by 30m) Surveyed

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Record last edited

Dec 6 2023 10:30AM


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