North and South Killingholme in the north of Lincolnshire are served by the church of St Deny’s - it’s a mixture of styles and periods but the current building dates back to Norman times
A simple glance at the picture below will show you just how many phases there are to this building, some integrated better than others it has to be said.
The base of the tower and elaborate tower arches are original Norman as is the Priest’s doorway in the chancel.
The tower reflects the rest of the building with period styles coming in as one rises up.
Inside you have lancets dating to the 12th and 13th century.
I’ve noted that some seem to use the spelling St Denis, the St Deny’s does appear in one of the stained glass windows. Existing parish registers for births and deaths etc stretch back to the 1560s.
Interestingly, the entry for Killingholme in the Domesday Book of 1086 does not list a church - only half a mill.
It is listed as being called Chelvingeholme or Chelvingehou with the the following people named.
Count Alan and Landric froom him, Ivo Tailbois (him again) and Odo from him, Drogo de Beuvriere and Norman d’Arci
Killingholme Manor House
Close to the church is the Old Manor House, it looked in a sorry state so I didn’t bother photographing it - of course I should and will remedy that next time I’m there.
Although parts of it date back to Tudor times it seems the last 50 years or so have taken their toll.
Arthur Mee describes it as “a charming Tudor manor house” in 1949 whereas today Pevsner describes it as “decaying and uncomfortably close too an oil refinery”
Like the church it’s a building of various phases, Tudor east wing with the west wing 17th century. Most interestingly, for me at least, is that it is a moated site.
It is a listed building and is now on the at risk register.
I’m very keen to learn more about either the church or the manor house so if you know anything about either of the two please do leave a comment
Realted South Killingholme Baptist Chapel
See also The Killingholme Hoard