The History of Goxhill and All Saints Church
An impressive church at Goxhill provides a great backdrop to some fascinating history.
A great church with a Knight Effigy too, don’t miss this one . . .
Goxhill sits close to the coast in the north of Lincolnshire, close to Thornton Abbey and Barrow Haven
My visit was in fact some time ago, back in 2009 in fact but remains memorable.
The church is impressive, dedicated to All Saints, and subject to a major restoration in 1878.
Quite a lot of the Norman stonework was re-used. The tower is striking given the size of the village and dates to the 1400s.
The inside is impressive, once again much restored but once again some stonework re-used.
The pulpit dates 1634 but of greater interest is the Wall Painting and the Knight Effigy - both shown here in the photographs.
The wall painting came to light in 1936 when the porch and vestry work was taking place. It dates, according to Pevsner, circa mid 1400s and is of the crucifixion.
It’s said to be the only complete wall painting in any church porch in England !
The stone effigy is worn but clearly high quality carving, he has his legs crossed and is wearing surcoat and chain mail. Pevsner suggests a date around the second half of the 1300s.
English Heritage suggest later as does Arthur Mee who even offers a potential identity - Walter de Vere - I’d love to be able to get some more information on this and perhaps nail down who it is.
Turning the clock back to the Norman Conquest we find the village of Goxhill listed in the 1086 Domesday Book.
It’s listed as Golsa and Golse and before the damnable French turned up the land was held by these wonderfully named Anglo-Saxons Earl Morcar, Siward of Thistleton, Grim, Auti and Hugh.
The land was then given to Drogo of la BeuvriËre and the Bishop of Lincoln.
It’s in the ‘Yarborough Hundred’ and appears to be mainly ploughland and meadow, there’s no mention of a mil or indeed a church or priest.
Goxhill Priory I’ve written a separate article on this previously which can be seen here Goxhill Priory in Lincolnshire
Coming closer to today, there’s a great deal of wartime history in and around Goxhill, once again I’ve covered this separately here RAF Goxhill
I can’t find any evidence of heavy Roman activity in the area. There are reports of Roman, and some Saxon, pottery finds, shards only, they are minor and sporadic and too few to convince me of Romano-British settlement. I would be very keen to hear if there have been any metal finds in and around Goxhill from metal detectorists.
If you can add anything, from any date, for wartime history please see article linked below, relating to the history of Goxhill then please do leave a comment, likewise if you’ve any ideas or opinions on the identity of the Knight Effigy.
All the best