St Nicholas church in Searby Lincolnshire sits resplendent on the edge of the Wolds between Caistor and Brigg.
It’s a beautiful and peaceful spot
As can be seen from the picture it’s a relatively, in church terms anyway, rebuild, 1832 to be precise. The rebuild has used a white stone / yellowish brick but the remnants of the original tower can still be seen and appear to be medieval.
The style is Gothic and the architect was one Richard Colton of Moor Town and he made a solid job of it, the polygon shaped apse being a nice touch.
In 1821 there were only 39 houses with 247 residents so it’s a church which served a small congregation and it was valued for the king’s books at £8.
The site goes way back though as it is in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Seurebi and Sourebi they state that there was a church and also a mill. The names mentioned are Count Alan and Durand Malet (possibly brother to William Malet of Norman Conquest fame)
Both Pvsener and Mee make particular note of the woodcarvings inside which were the work of T.J.M. Townsend who was vicar there for 44 years.
There are also two fine tablets to Richard Roadley and Richard Dixon Roadley dates 1820s.
One thing worth looking out for is the shelter across the road from the church - it too is Gothic in design and is dated 1866
A nice touch indeed - it caught my eye immediately
How to get there
Searby village is on the A1084 which can be accessed via the A46 on the Caistor side or A18 or M180 from Brigg.
It is well worth a visit and you’re right in the middle of a very interesting area with plenty of other places to visit all within easy driving or cycling distance
If you know anything at all about Searby church please do leave a comment - we should be very grateful to hear anything at all
All the best
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