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Fulstow Church - Pictures and History

Fulstow church stands in a small village in-between Louth and Grimsby in Lincolnshire
Here’s a guide to it’s history

St Lawrence church in Fulstow was almost entirely rebuilt in 1868 in a style known as Lancet, previously it was Early English.
fulstow carvingI did hope to gain access as there is an early 14th century knight and his lady in stone effigy inside, sadly it was locked so I hope to bring you pictures of the cross-legged knight effigy at a later date.

To the left you’ll see a stone carved figure which sits above the door and the churchyard still has its medieval cross base with part of the shaft.
The font is of octagonal design and they also have royal arms on canvas dated 1768.

It has a large bellcote with a single bell which sets it apart from most Lincolnshire churches but it did once have a tower, noted as ‘oddly thin’ by Pevsner. The bells it once contained went to Old Clee and Marshchapel after a collapse.
In an antiquarian book it is, rather brutally, described as
a small mean structure presenting little of interest to the antiquarian !

The parish registers go all the way back to 1586, although Bishop’s transcripts go back to 1561.
The earliest mention I’ve found thus far goes back to 1404 in relation to the Abbey of Louth Park.

fulstow church

St Lawrence’s Church in Fulstow Lincs

A lovely little church and one which seems to have had a structural battle which stretches not only back over the centuries but to this day also if what I read of the roof is correct at the time of writing.
As always with these reports we are very keen to find out more so if you have any information at all related to this church then please do leave a comment - we should love to hear from you.

All the best


  1. chris keyworth said,

    January 13, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    i can help you with louth park abbey i have loads on that…

  2. Amiguru said,

    January 13, 2010 @ 11:52 pm


    ‘Note of absolution, by Ralph of Tofts the bishops penipetentiary, of Richard Bishop of Fulstow from the sentence of excommunication which he had incurred by consenting to the forcible dragging out of a fugitive seeking sanctury in Fulstow churchyard. Richard Bishop was to receive five beatings on five Sundays in Fulstow churchyard, and the parish priest of Fulstow was ordered to see that the penance was carried out.’ 30 August 1290

    Bishop Sutton’s Rolls and Register

    N :twisted: le

  3. Rod said,

    January 14, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    seeking sanctuary, now that’s really good stuff !

  4. Rod said,

    January 14, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    that would be great - many thanks indeed

  5. fulstow said,

    January 18, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    We have decided that we have a few candidates in Fulstow today who could be put forward for a reinstating of this wonderful idea of Sunday beatings……………Did you see the carvings round the back of church?

  6. Rod said,

    January 19, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    I would reinstate it - it could become a tourist attraction :)
    No sadly I don’t think I saw the carvings, it was some time ago I actually visited though - I’ll be back and check them out though
    All the best

  7. Zoe said,

    October 21, 2010 @ 3:33 am

    Chris, I would love to hear more about Louth Park Abbey. Got some ancestors buried there. Thanks

  8. Rod said,

    October 21, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Hi Zoe,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - I’ve visited and photographed the site and will be writing it all up in a separate article asap - we’ll get plenty of information on there for you so keep checking back
    All the best

  9. Catherine said,

    April 2, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    My father was the incumbant of Fulstow church 8in the early 1950’s. ai have some pictures including some of the knoght and his lady taken only 2 years ago. Would you be interested in having a copy?


  10. Rod said,

    April 2, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site, I’d love a copy of the picture to put on here Catherine.
    Click on my name above this comment and you’ll find my email details.
    Thanks and regards

  11. Nik Henville said,

    July 19, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    Said cross-legged knight is purportedly Sir Robert de Hilton (b.1230, d.1310) and is 25 generations back in 37 steps from me. He seems like a much later reproduction in appearance, but damned fine all the same.

  12. Rod said,

    July 20, 2015 @ 8:13 am

    Thanks for this, very much appreciated.

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