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Killingholme Church A Look at the History

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 Church St Deny's

The Church in Killingholme Lincolnshire

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
Many thanks
Realted South Killingholme Baptist Chapel
See also The Killingholme Hoard


  1. Amiguru said,

    July 25, 2010 @ 5:19 pm


    “I’m very keen to learn more about either the church or the manor house”

    OK, how about this:
    “At Killingholme Manor, an old mansion of the period of Henry VII, are several ancient yew trees, by far the finest in this part of the country……..At the height of three feet from the ground it has a circumference of thirteen and a half feet……it is probable that the trees were planted at the edge between the Conquest and the end of the eleventh century.

    Churchwarden’s account 1740:
    One pint of oil for the bells…………………………..0 0 8
    Paid to John Peart for the dogges whipping….0 1 3
    For the churchyard bunck buncking…………….0 0 3
    For chogging………………………………………………..0 4 0″

    All the above are extracted from John George Hall’s Notices of Lincolnshire 1890

    Now t’would be nice to see if any of the ancient yews have survived.


  2. RoseReiki said,

    November 1, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    I have many photos of the Manor. My grandfather’s family, the Roses, lived at Killingholme and married twice into the Chapman family, who still own the house. It’s a beautiful house and I was fortunate to go inside before Horace boarded it up. Haven’t been for years now. Will scan the photos and send some to you. The same family also sold the land to the oil companies. I have lots of information on this, but won’t bore you with it all.
    Mt grandfather before he died always spoke about the family’s manor house and going to visit it. However, the family thought he’d lost his marbles, but on researching the family history we know it to be true!

  3. RButhnot said,

    February 18, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I knew someone who was born at the Manor House in the 60s- did it spend time as a maternity unit? Just north of there is North Garth, a moated area and enclosures off Chase Hill Road. This is a monument, ‘at risk’ from drainage according to English Heritage but looking in fine fettle on a bird’s eye view. Also, potentially at risk from ‘improvements’ to the roads into Immingham Dock. Almost no information to be had on the internet.

  4. Kathleen said,

    July 12, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Would like to get in touch with Emma. I live at North Killingholme and am looking for details of the Manor House.
    Love to see her photos.

  5. Amiguru said,

    February 9, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    In the tower are four bells. The inscriptions on which are as follows:-



  6. Elise said,

    July 1, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    My family was Robert Marshall who was Lord of The Manor of Killingholme

  7. Elise said,

    July 1, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Maria Marshall was the daughter of Robert Marshall. She married Rev Samuel Byron of Killingholme –

  8. Chris Keyworth said,

    July 1, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    Do you have any dates for the above mentioned as ive got a little project ongoing at Killingholme and i am gathering info for a report i have to write about the village, your info may be useful to me..

  9. kazmorgan said,

    March 2, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Hi Rod,

    Just wanted to invite you to an exhibition of village history that is taking place here in North Killingholme on Sunday 21st April from 11 am until 3 pm in the village hall. This will include the history and occupants of the Manor House and the Vicarage; old maps, plans and photographs, a slide show; history of the village hall, Garden Village and much more! Everyone welcome, and if anyone has any photos or memories from the area which they would like to share, please bring them along. :)

  10. Amiguru said,

    April 10, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    I am uncertain whether the following pertains to North or South Killingholme, nor indeed whether the two were one, as-it-were, back in the 13th. Century but hope that this is the most appropriate thread on which to post it.

    I have come across a ‘Final Concord’, (sale agreement) in Lincolnshire Notes & Queries, that contains an expression that I have never come across before in such a document and thought it would be a good idea to share it:

    It is dated ‘One month from Easter Day 29 Henry III’ which is 13 May 1245 in modern parlance.

    Between Walter de Kiluingholm, plaintiff, and Simon de Sernesand Agnes his wife, deforciants, by Simon put in the place of Agnes, of one toft, two bovates 37 acres and one perch of land, and 8½ acres and one perch of meadow in Kiluingholm.
    Simon and Agnes acknowledged the said land and meadow to be the right of Walter. To have and to hold , of Simon and Agnes, for ever. Paying therefor by the year one needle at the Feast of St. Martin for all service and exaction. And for this Walter gave to Simon and Agnes 20 marks.

    The concord follows the standard legal jargon of the time, (and indeed for centuries to come), using the terms ‘plaintiff’ and ‘deforciants’ as if someone was being sued but all was in fact an amiable agreement, in this case that one party agrees to pay the other for the land.

    The curiosity lies in the term “…by the year one needle…“. I know that in these early centuries a needle had real worth but I wonder to whom it was paid, the church perhaps as a kind of tithe? Another thought is that a needle may not have been the object that we associate the name with today; just as a ‘bottle of hay’ doesn’t involve a glass, ceramic nor leathern container.

    Any ideas folks?


  11. Rod said,

    April 10, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    very interesting indeed and like you I’ve never seen the ‘needle’ reference before and I’ve looked at a lot of these final concords in LN&Q.
    Like you, I wonder whether it actually was a needle

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