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St Mary’s was built mainly in the 13th century the tower, nave with six bays and chancel. In the 14th century were added the South doorway, windows in the north aisle and the octagonal pillars (the round pillars are 13th century). The nave and south aisle roofs were destroyed in 1685. The present roofs date from 1902 and 1984.
By the main door you will find a large oak chest with the date carved on it 1675 and the initials PB. You can work out who owned it by referring to the list of previous Vicars!
The font is the church’s chief treasure and dates from the 15th century. It is large enough for the priest to obey the rubric of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer: if they (the godparents) shall certify him that the child may endure it, the child would be dipped in the water discreetly and warily. Round the bowl are eight panels seven with carved shields
1) A lion rampant
2) four small crosses
3) Maltese cross
4) Latin cross
5) Three fleur-de-lys lilies which were the emblems of the Kings of France and England
6) Cross, three dice, robe and lantern
7) Nails, scourges spear and reed
8) Christ rising from the tomb symbolising the Christian hope – Welcome life!
Church End, North Somercotes, Louth
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