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Guide to St Mary's

The Domesday Survey lists a church and a priest here in Frampton in 1086 AD. It is thought that this earliest recorded church would have been of wooden construction and that it was soon replaced by a Norman stone built church of which the present Font Bowl and the hidden foundations which support the present pillars of the Nave are the only remains. The remainder of this 12th century church was pulled down about 1350 and the present church was built. This comprised the Nave, Aisles and South Transept as remaining today. Originally there was also a North Transept and a Rood Loft. Missing portions of the moulding and the high doorway in the Chancel arch show where the Rood Loft was accommodated. On the south side of the arch under the small window which houses the oldest stained glass in the church is an opening thought to have housed a Piscina, which would indicate the presence at some time of an altar on the rood loft. The Chancel of the 14th century church was no longer than at present. At some time between 1750 and 1850 the east end of the Chancel was demolished and one of the side windows used to provide the present east window. The stone carving around the doors and recesses in the Chancel is good, although suffering from ageing. It is interesting to note the measures taken in the south east corner to preserve one recess of the Sedilia with its carving. The recess on the north side of the Chancel is thought to have housed the tomb of the founder. During the same period the North Transept was demolished and the arches which spanned the east end of each aisle were removed because they were causing the pillars to lean. The Screen said to be 15th century, is believed to be part of the screen which at one time divided the Nave from the transept crossing. Recesses in the Nave pillars show where this was fixed. The fine Chandelier hanging in the nave holds 25 oil candles and is in regular use on festive and other important occasions. The quaint inscription on the boss proclaims it to be the gift of Coney Tunnard Gent in 1722 and the rabbit surmounting the boss is no doubt a visual pun on the name Coney. The Pulpit is of oak and dates from the mid 17th century. It was purchased from Bourne Abbey for £3-3-0 after a fire there and installed in its present position in 1891. In the South Transept is a monumental effigy, much damaged and of unknown origin; it is thought from details of the costume to date from about 1300. `White's Lincolnshire' records that the lady is Johanna de Huntingford, a patron of the church in 1275 but this cannot be confirmed. Also in the South Transept can be seen the Mensa or stone top of a medieval altar, now set in the floor as the base of an altar table. The floor tiles in the Lady Chapel are of medieval origin. For many years the Font was housed in the south east corner of the tower, until such time as it became necessary to move it to the south west corner, to enable further strengthening of the tower support. >>

In March 2000, the font was moved from the south-west corner to where it now stands and the stone altar relocated to a more central position, to allow for a new meeting room. Below the plaques of 'The Ten Commandments' are two stone tablets, which were originally sited at the front of the former Frampton Church of England School, which was sold in 1997 and demolished in the Spring of 1998. The school closed in July 1968. A semi-circular stone bears the inscription:+ RECEIVE INSTRUCTION THAT THOU MAYEST BE WISE + A.D. 1877. Another tablet is in the form of a Sun Dial and bears the words:'HEAVEN FAVOURS THE DILIGENT' ERECTED 1818. In the South Aisle note the centre window depicting St. Mary, Patron Saint of this church; St. Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, with his swan and holding a model of his Cathedral Church and St. Botolph with a model of Boston Parish Church (The Stump) at his feet. Near the gas heating panel, is a fine oak Medieval Vestry Chest with hasps for three padlocks. This chest was cleaned and restored by members of Frampton W.I. as their contribution to the European Heritage Year. The Meeting Room in the south-west corner, was completed in September 2001 and dedicated by The Bishop of Grantham, The Rt. Revd. Alaistair Redfern on 17th March 2002. The Tower houses a peal of six bells the earliest dated 1602. The blocked elevated doorway in the south west corner of the tower gave access to a ringing chamber floor at that level at some earlier period. The bell ropes were replaced in 1999. Major restoration work was carried out in 1889. The Church Organ was installed in 1909 and restored in 1981. The Nave and Aisles were re-roofed in 1930. The modern stone altar in the South Transept was erected in 1955 as a memorial to the Dennis family. Improvements were made to St. Mary's in the latter part of the 20th century, with the addition of a gas fired warm air heating system, replacement carpeting for the Chancel and Nave, plus kitchen and toilet facilities. Above the kitchen entrance note the list of Priests dating from 1277. In 2009 the church was re-wired and a newlighting scheme was installed. It was dedicated on 30th August 2009, by the Bishop of Lincoln The Rt. Revd. Dr. John Saxbee.In November 2013, the church audio sound system and induction loop was updated. Outside, on a gabled buttress on the north-east angle of the South Transept is a grotesque sculptured head and above it a now illegible inscription:‘Wot ye whi I stad her for: I forswor my Saviour; ego Ricardus in Angulo’Along from the church main gate, there are steps up to the top of the boundary wall, where a gentleman might mount his horse, whilst steadying himself by holding on to an iron spike set into the stonework.If you wish to give in support of our churches, it would be most appreciated! Monies may be placed in the wall safe located in St Mary’s Church porch or a donation may be sent to the Treasurer. May God Bless You as you journey on.

Guide to the Parish Church ofSt Mary The Virgin + St Michael & All Angels ~ Frampton


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