St Botolph, Skidbrook cum Saltfleet

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The church is a very fine building of stone of the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular periods and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and embattled western tower containing 3 bells.  The tower which is very large and of Early English date had originally eight pinnacles, none of which now remain.  The chancel had once lateral chapels of which there are still traces.  The pulpit, an example of very late Gothic, dates from the reign of Charles I.  There is an incised slab in the chancel floor to the memory of a former vicar who died 1413.  The church has been new-roofed and in 1871 it was re-seated with open benches.  The roof was restored, the chancel tiled and a new communion rail added in 1904.  The church has 300 sittings and the register dates from 1558.


(Source - Kelly's Directory 1913)



The last service was held in 1964 and the church is now in the care of the Redundant Churches Fund.  Although well away from any centre of population, the church has been subject to mindless vandalism; one of these attacks resulted in the font being pushed from its pillar to shatter on the brickwork floor.  Personally, I find that the stripped interior and the missing windows only serve to emphasise the magnificent structure of this church on the great Louth Marsh.





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