A heavy mist, near fog, descended as I drove once more through the Lincolnshire Wolds - this time to a village just outside Horncastle
High Toynton Church a great spot and some nice photographs
High Toynton church is certainly a little different to look at, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (gets me thinking now as do those to Mary Magdalene) , it was rebuilt by Ewan Christian in 1872 and replaced the original 13th century building. There are a variety of stones used in the build though primarily greenstone and I did spot one piece of engraved stone that had been re-used near the footings of the tower.
Inside it is superbly kept up, a real credit to all those involved. No paint peeling from the walls here as one sees so often. Indeed not only painted but actually lime washed as well with a lovely wooden vaulted ceiling. It was a pleasure to see also an exhibition which the locals had put together depicting the village history at the time of Remembrance Sunday.
This was especially poignant as High Toynton has the remarkable and unique distinction in Lincolnshire - every one of the brave young men who left the village to fight in World War I returned alive !
It was only last week I was talking about my confusion as to why churches are not put to greater use within village communities. It seems a natural meeting place and ideal not only to foster a neighbourly spirit but also a chance to use the most prominent building in any village.
Here they are doing just that and it is a credit to those involved who not only organize these things but help with the upkeep of the church.
Strangely, it seems like the biggest barrier in getting people to use these beautiful buildings more are the church authorities themselves.
It is a mystery to me as to why - perhaps the subject for a separate article
Although much changed and renovated there are still some of the original carved Norman stones extant and they can be seen jut above the door inside the porch.
Overall a fabulous place and one in which I was made very welcome - it is certainly well worth a visit and I hope everyone’s efforts there abouts continue to bear fruit.
All the best