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St Michael's Church, Buslingthorpe
A simple stone church showing a stubby tower with pyramidal roof and lancet windows and beyond that, the nave with a single window
St Michael's Church, Buslingthorpe, from the northwest
Coordinates: 53°21′08″N 0°22′47″W / 53.3523°N 0.3797°W / 53.3523; -0.3797
OS grid reference TF 079 852
Location Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
History
Dedication Saint Michael
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 1 November 1966
Architect(s) A. J. Wilson (restoration and rebuilding)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 13th century
Completed 1835
Specifications
Materials Limestone and brick
Slate roofs

St Michael's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the hamlet of Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It stands in an isolated position adjacent to a partly moated farm to the east of the A46 road. The church is notable for two mediaeval monuments to members of the Buslingthorpe family.

History

The church dates from the 13th century, with alterations and additions in the following century. In 1835 it was restored and, other than the tower, was rebuilt in brick by Edward James Willson. The church stands on the site of a deserted mediaeval village. It was declared redundant in 1984.

Architecture

Exterior

St Michael's is constructed in coursed limestone rubble and yellow brick, with ashlar dressings. The roofs are in slate, with stone coped gables. Its plan is simple, and consists of a nave, a chancel and a west tower. The tower has two stages, is set on a plinth, and has a pyramidal roof. In the lower stage is a lancet window on the west side. The upper stage contains single-light bell openings with ogee heads on each side. There are three-light windows in the north wall of the nave and at the east end, and two similar windows on the south wall of the nave. The doorway is on the south side, and has a pointed head.

Interior

All the fittings date from the 19th century, other than the font; this has a re-used octagonal bowl. The east window contains fragments of 14th-century stained glass. One of the monuments to the Buslingthorpe family dates from the late 13th century. It consists of a tomb chest bearing the effigy of a knight, his feet resting on a lion, and his head on a cushion which is supported by angels. He is dressed in chain mail, a helmet and a surcoat. The tomb chest is decorated by a frieze carved with quatrefoils containing shields. The other monument dates from the early 14th century, and consists of a limestone tombstone with an inscription around its edge. It contains a brass showing a knight in chain mail and surcoat, his head resting on a pillow, and his hands holding a heart. It is one of the earliest military brasses in England.

External features

The churchyard contains the war grave of an Essex Regiment soldier of the First World War.

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