The History of the Church and Village of North Somercotes in Lincolnshire
Situated near the Lincolnshire coast St Mary’s is a Marshland Church with a long history as has the village itself . . .
It really is about time I got this one written up, this is a draft post after a visit in July 2009 !
Although the church still has a large, squared medieval tower much of the church has been rebuilt and restored.
There’s still stonework dating from the 14th and 15th century, doorways and pillars etc.
There was a major restoration in 1908 which sees it roughly as it is today, perhaps not the most eye-catching and sympathetic of ‘restorations’
Mee makes mention of a huge church chest dating to 1675, an incised floorstone and coffin lid and a very impressive carved and ancient font.
The church was locked when I visited.
There’s plenty of Medieval history still showing itself in and around North Somercotes. Earthworks, tofts, platform, boundaries and ridge and furrow even a possible Post-Medieval rabbit warren.
Closer to today there’s quite a bit of Second World history to be considered including anti- aircraft sites, pill box, tank blocks and military buildings.
There seems to be plenty of WWII history still on the ground so I think I’ll have another visit, get some proper photographs and put together an article of the history of North Somercotes during the war.
Somercotes, before the village was split, is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Summercotes and was the King’s Land, held by Roger de Poitou, Rayner de Brimou and the Bishop of Bayeaux. There is a mill listed but no church so presumably no Anglo-Saxon church.
I’ve also, at the time of writing, found no evidence of Saxon, Roman or Pre-Historic use - I wonder whether anybody knows of any finds or metal detector finds in the immediate area relating to the Romans, Saxons, Iron Age or Neolithic.
If you can add anything then please do feel free to leave a comment
All the best
See also; South Somercotes