Rambles From Skegness – Winthorpe Church

This 1844 article proves that the Old Ship Hotel in Winthorpe, junction of Burgh Road and Roman Bank, was built prior to 1844. However, it was NOT the building in this photograph, actually built in 1871, but the building which preceded it….a thatched roof erection…..


RAMBLES FROM SKEGNESS. My last sketch having related to the new church at Sausthorpe, I will now give description of the church of Winthorpe. —The parish is separated from the sea by a narrow screed of land belonging to Skegness, and from Skegness the road leading to Burgh and the old Roman bank, at the foot of which I and my companion established our quarters at the Ship, a very clean and snug way-side inn, mine host being quiet hospitable farmer of the old school. Having enjoyed delightful bath in the German ocean, and afterwards an excellent breakfast, we sallied out, sketch book in hand, across the fields to visit the sacred edifice of the parish, on our way passing through various inclosures of land, the quality of which was exhibited in the remarkably fine cattle and sheep grazing around us. Having arrived at the sacred inclosure we passed through it and to the west end found the cottage of the verger who keeps the parish school, and having obtained the keys entered the edifice at the Southdoor, where close by us was the font. It is deep and capacious. Passing up the nave we reached the rood screen (which formerly glowed with gold and crimson) and entered the chancel, where we silently pursued our antiquarian researches. The chancel is 27 feet 10 in. long by 19 feet 6 inches wide, the north and south aisles are each pierced with 3 windows of 3 lights cinquefoiled divided at top trefoiled with a few remains of coloured glass. The east window is blocked with brickwork, and a large clumsy-looking wooden altar screen has lately been erected, the chancel arch is late perpendicular, the altar stone is removed to the floor of the north aisle, and a common four-legged wooden table now occupies its place. The altar rails are of deal painted wainscot, the piscina trefoiled with octagonal orifice, but the shelf is removed. The door and shelf have also been removed from the aumbrye, the priest’s door is on the south side, at the west end of the chancel and running partly along the north and south sides are excellent massive open perpendicular stalls of oak richly carved, but the kneeling boards are gone. The corbels are also taken away, and the roof is modern of red deal, but substantial though of low pitch. The nave is 53ft. G inches in length by 17ft. 5 inches in breadth. The rood screen has been an excellent one, being of oak with perpendicular tracery, but nowmuch defaced and painted drab. The rood-staircase still remains blocked up by the pulpit on the north side ; the rood door is gone, but the aperture remains open, and the corbels which supported the rood loft still remain. The nave piers are six in number and plain, of an octagonal form. The pier arches are also plain and late perpendicular ; the clerestory has 5 perpendicular windows on each side ; the window arches pointed, the western arch perpendicular, the old roof remaining in good preservation with excellent carved figures and corbels of various patterns. The pulpit is common painted drab, the reading-pew below it facing west. The greater part of the floor is covered with decorated oak stalls, the heads of various patterns, and the backs embattled but in wretched condition, many of them having been converted into pews by inclosing them with common deal fencing and doors of the same material to suit the fastidious. The north-aisle windows are as follows : east, four lights, oinquefoiled, divided above, and trefoiled; north four windows of three lights each, and west one as on the north. The aisle is 38 feet 6 inches long by 12 ft. 9 inches broad, and at its eastern end a chapel separted perpendicular oak screens, 14ft. 2in. 12ft. 9in. broad. In this chapel there is a piscina with trefoil head, the orifice gone and 8 corbels, the old roof still remaining with its ancient gilding. Part of the floor is paved with acaustic tiles, but they are almost concealed by green slime. The oak screen work is good, but the door is gone and the old oak covered with thick coats of drab paint. The south aisle is 38 feet 6in. long by 10 feet 4 inches broad, and a chapel at the east end of the same dimensions as the one in the north aisle. The roof is similar except that it appears to be rotten. In this chapel there is a plain lancet piscina, with an octagonal orifice, an aumbrye without its door and 3 brackets. The windows are east, one of three lights trefoiled under a Tudor arch, south four of three lights cinquefoiled, and the west three lights trefoiled, divided by a transom, and above cinquefoiled and several grotesque corbels. In the floor of the nave in the middle aisle are some old tombs. The font is octagonal bowl, base, and shaft; the faces of the bowl are divided and cinquefoiled in varying patterns as are also those of the shaft, whilst the base is ornamented with two coats of arms in each face. The tower is square of three stages, and there are four bells of a good tone. The staircase is circular and of stone. The west window is perpendicular, of three lights, but the cuspings are removed ; Tudor window arch; west door plain and common, with Tudor arch. There is a south porch which has a well-executed carving of foliage over its entrance. There are buttresses to the aisles and chancel, four pinnacles on the tower, and embattled parapets to the tower, north aisle, and porch. The drains are blocked up, and, consequently, the walls are very damp. The ancient cross is still standing the church-yard in ruins. The sanctus bell cot also remains to the nave gable. The old masonry is good, but sadly defaced modem alterations, and in wretched repair. When I visited this church a few summers since, an unsightly singing gallery, made of deal, stood at the west end of the nave, blocking up the arch and west window, but it has lately been removed. A church in Winthorpe is recorded in the donation William de Kyme to the Abbey of Bardney, in 1256. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The living is discharged vicarage united to Burgh, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln. Lord Monson is the lessee of the tithes, to whom the non-resident occupiers formerly paid a modus of id. per acre, and the residents ls. id. per acre, but the tithes have lately been commuted. Skegness, July, 1844. Annotator.

Source: Lincolnshire Chronicle – Friday 02 August 1844


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