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Brant Broughton

Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire

The Church of St. Helens.


This village which is often pronounced Brant Brawton and just as often as Brant Brewton has a very wide main street and many of the old houses date back to the coaching days of the 18th and 19th centuries when many of the people were based in London and used the village as their country retreats.

An unusual building in the village is the converted barn (1701) which is the Friends Meeting House in Meeting House Lane. It still has its humble furnishings preserved in situ. Brant Broughton along with the village of Waddington were particular centres for the Friends or better known as Quakers.

The Church of St. Helens

The Church of St Helens is said to have the most elegant spire in Lincolnshire at 198 ft high, it is similar to Caythorpe not far away, and has 6 tiers of small lucarnes of quatrefoil shape and the spire is crocketed. It was reduced in height but in 1897 Bodley raised it again by 7ft. Parts of the church date back to about 1290 and much dates back to about the late 14th century. The chancel was rebuilt in 1874-1876 by Bodley & Garner. (Which replaced an earlier rebuild of 1812.)

Canon F. H. Sutton became Rector in 1873 and immediately started a program of restoration and refitting which lasted until 1877. He did however continue to do bits and pieces until 1919 as his diary type account of it tells. His architects were Bodley & Garner and he had previously designed an organ case for them in Pendlebury Lancs. The first item was the rebuilding of the Chancel The style of architecture was Victorian Decorated style. Work on the rest of the church followed with furnishings and decoration. The highly decorated roof design was copied from remains of the original.

The Reredos was by Bodley in 1777 and the late 15th century German painting of the Ascension which it is framed by was given by Canon Sutton. The font cover is by Thomas Garner in 1889 and the rood is as late as 1919, the pulpit, screen and choir stalls 1890 and the organ case 1906 are all by Bodley.

There is a piece of Anglo Saxon inter-lace stonework in the vestry and under the tower the remains of a 14th century trinity which has the top half of God The Father missing.

The East window is by Burlison and Grylls in 1876 and the rest of the windows all have stained glass by Canon Sutton himself, He both designed them and actually made them at the rectory with, it is said, assistance from Charles Eamer Kempe.

There are some interesting Green Man roof bosses to be found in this church.


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