Saxilby, Lincolnshire

The Church of St. Botolph.

This is a fairly large dormitory village to the west of Lincoln and fronts onto the Fossdyke canal which was dug by the Roman invaders and is still in use today. The development started in 1849 at the coming of the railway.

There is a manor house to the south west of the church 16th or 17th century period but there is one building of particular note which is number 76 High Street. It is low with a steep pitched roof and has a 18th Century brick skin and 20th century mock timber frame cladding. This started out as a large four bay late mediaeval open hall now reduced to two and a half bays. The early internal timber work remains as does the smoke blackened roof timbers.

St Botolphs Church has a small Norman doorway, an Early English north arcade with upright stiff leaf decorated capitals, quatrefoil piers with deep hollows between the filleted foils. The west tower was rebuilt in 1908 reusing the previous materials. The aisles are Perpendicular and embattled roofs. It would appear that the church has been substantially rebuilt in antiquity reusing previous periods materials and the nave roof is 15th century.

The font is octagonal perpendicular with flatly carved and coloured coats of arms of families connected to the d’Aubigny family of South Ingleby. One shield which I recognised from my researches was the shield of the Picot (Piggot) family who lived at Doddington Piggot (the present Doddington) about 3 or so miles to the South. There are on it three Picots (Pick axes) in silver on a black shield. The perpendicular west screen is still in the church. Built into the tower at the level of the ringing gallery is a fragment of a 10th/11th century grave cover with rows of interlace.

In the north aisle is a stained glass window by Sir Ninian Comper and just nearby is a Knight and His Lady of the d’Aubigny family (about 1370) who lie on a tomb chest decorated with much foiled and sub-foiled tracery


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