Porch, Font & Stoup

Porch, Font & Stoup

A record in the Church Times of 1915 tells of “a small unobtrusive
water pump located at the north side of the chancel

Guide to the interior of the church

The porch   

Rebuilt in 1831 by Colonel Maddison of Partney Hall, whose wife is buried in the churchyard, are the Tennyson Trail displays which give more understanding to the link mentioned earlier. There is also an extract from a Tennyson poem composed following a conversation with one of the churchwardens, ‘The Churchwarden and the Curate’, which is written in Lincolnshire dialect.

“….An’ soa they’ve made tha a parson, an’ thou’ll git along, niver fear,
Fur I bean chuch-warden mysen i’ the parish fur fifteen a year.
Well – sin ther bea chuch-wardens, ther mun be parsons an’ all,
An if t’one stick alongside t’uther the church weant happen a fall….
….An’ thou’ll be ‘is Curate ‘, but, if iver tha means to git ‘igher,
Tha mun tackle the sins o’ the Wo’ld, an’ not the faults o’ the Squire.
An’ I reckons tha’ll light of a livin’ someweers i’ the Wowd or the Fen,
If tha cottons down to thy betters, an’ keeaps thysen to thysen.
But niver not speak plaain out, if tha wants to git forrards a bit,
But creeap along the hedge-bottoms, an’ thou’ll be a Bishop yit…”

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The font – believed to have been in the earlier church, decorated with a richly carved oak lid. The font, for many, is the start of their faith journey.

A stoup?

At the west end of the Nave are the remains of what has been purported to be either a stoup, or according to Nikolaus Pevsner’s ‘The Buildings of England. Lincolnshire’, a capital stone. It may have been here in the earlier church. Click any gallery image to see the images full screen, as a slide show.

A record in the Church Times of 1915 tells of “a small unobtrusive water pump located at the north side of the chancel….the trough in front of the pump was an old discarded holy-water stoup of exceptional size, which had been found buried, if I recollect right in the beautiful garden of the adjacent rectory…”

 Was this originally a stoup? The design of the stone, the flat back-indicating that it may have been situated against a wall or pillar-may tell us that it started life as a ‘Capital stone’ the carved faces on the underside pointing to them being visible from below.