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Church of St Michael, Hackthorn

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 30 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 196887

OS Grid Reference: SK9910482361
OS Grid Coordinates: 499104, 382361
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3289, -0.5134

Location: Hackthorn, Lincolnshire LN2 3PQ

Locality: Hackthorn
Local Authority: West Lindsey District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: LN2 3PQ

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Listing Text


1/14 Church of
30.11.66 St. Michael

G.V. lI*

Parish church. Cl2 and 1849 rebuilding by Mr. Mainwaring.
Squared limestone rubble and ashlar with slate roofs having stone
coped gables with kneelers and crosses fleury. Western tower,
nave, north aisle and porch, vestry and chancel. The 4 stage
ashlar tower in C14 style has a deep moulded plinth, 3 moulded
string courses and a battlemented parapet with pierced quatrefoil
and lozenge panels, 8 crocketed pinnacles and 8 gargoyles in the
form of griffins and lions. The angle buttresses rise to full
height and are decorated with minor griffins at their gables. To
each face at belfry stage are 2 light openings, with ogee heads,
hood moulds and human head label stops. On the south side are
single lights to each stage. At the west side is a full width
porch with a central 4 centred arched opening with shields in
spandrels, flanked by 3 panels of C15 style decoration and topped
by a battlemented parapet with pierced decoration matching that
on the tower. The west doorway is in a late C12 style, re-usinq
some original work. It has a semi-circular arch of 2 orders with
hobnail and zigzag decoration, pairs of nook shafts and a
decorated hood mould with beast head label stops. Above are 2
light windows to first and second stages and a single light to
third stage. The north aisle embraces the tower and on the north
side of the tower is a single light to third stage. The nave,
aisle and chancel are in squared coursed rubble with moulded
plinth and decorated corbel table of human heads. The north
aisle 2 light west window is in C16 style and on the north side
are single 3 and 2 light windows in the same style. The north
porch has a pointed headed opening. The inner doorway is in late
C12 style, of 3 orders with different forms of zigzag decoration.
The elaborately carved capitals are original C12 work and set on
pairs of nook shafts. The clerestory consists of 3 small paired
lights. The vestry has a 2 light window and pointed doorway.
The chancel has a single 2 light Y tracery style window to north
side and 2 similar ones to south side. The east 3 light window
is in a C15 style. The southside of the nave has 3 C19 3 light
windows between stepped buttresses. Interior. The 3 bay C19
arcade has octagonal piers and double chamfered pointed arches.
The chancel arch has semi-circular responds and a double
chamfered arch with trefoil and panel decoration above. At the
west end is a fine carved gallery and screen. On the tower west
wall is a triple blank arch, the central one contains a plaster
coat of arms. The nave roof is arch braced with carved lining
panels. The rear arches of all windows and doors have hood
moulds with label stops and the nave roof has angel corbels, the
aisle has human head corbels. All fittings including finely
carved altar rail, reredos, pulpit and readers desk are
contemporary with the rebuilding. The octagonal font is also
C19. In the north aisle is a funeral hatchment and the chancel
has a fine C19 brass chandelier. Monuments. In the chancel a
large wall slabin pietra dura by J. Darmanin & Sons of Malta to
Augusta Amcotts d.1857, portrays a standing angel holding a bible
in an architectural surround. The church was rebuilt and
designed by the lay rector of Hackthorn. The earlier church is
shown in the Banks Collection and a blocked C12 arch is clearly
visible on the south side.

Listing NGR: SK9910482361

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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