The church of All Saints at Londesburgh is an historian's treasure; a wonderful historic building with a plethora of intriguing artefacts and associations with the great and the good. The first record of a church was in the early 12th century, when the powerful Herbert the Chamberlain granted it to his son, William (St William of York). The most likely building date is between 1110-1130, and is seems likely that Herbert himself built the church.
The present church is from about 1400 but there is ample evidence of an earlier 12th century Norman church. The outward appearance is perpendicular but inside is something unique to English parish churches. Described by Nicholas Pevsner as ‘one of the architectural sensations of Cumberland'.
All Saints dates from about 1250AD, and much of that structure remains today. In 1893 the south aisle was added and the west end of the church was extended; the 13th century south door was moved, a consecration cross can be seen on the door jamb. The original bell turret was also replaced. Apart from these changes the church is much as it was when built in the 13th century.
The impressive church at Goxhill provides a great backdrop to some fascinating history. Goxhill sits close to the coast in the north of Lincolnshire, close to Thornton Abbey and Barrow Haven.
All Saints is a typical village parish church, but it can be found in many guide books, as it is nationally and internationally famous for its stained glass windows by William Morris. These windows, installed over a period of 28 years, tell a story about the involvement of the Pre Raphaelite painters as people and the development of stained glass as a church art form.
A rather unassuming village church on the outside but containing a wealth of interest and heritage within its walls. But there also lies a hidden story of murder and intrigue. Come along and view the striking memorial statues of Sir Thomas Vyner and his son, and then learn about the terrible tragedy that fell on this family.
All Souls was completed in 1880 as a memorial to Walter Farquhar Hook, the Vicar of Leeds who was responsible and famous for the growth of Anglicanism in the city. George Gilbert Scott, perhaps the greatest ecclesiastical architect of the time, designed All Souls on a grand scale, having in mind the nave of one of the great Yorkshire abbeys. He died two days after completing his plans, his design being then carried out by his son, John Oldrid Scott.
The Alte Nikolaikirche is a Protestant church. The current late Gothic building was built in the 15th century.
On top of the characteristic circular village vault is the originally late Roman Andreas church. The current building was rebuilt in 1676 after the old church was largely destroyed by fire a few years earlier.
The current church is the remnant of an originally late Romanesque building. Traces of the southern crossarm can still be found in the outer façade. In the north wall are bricked-up lists of Romanesque windows. The interior has beautiful wall and vault paintings from the 13th and 15th centuries: the Fall, John the Baptist and St. Lawrence.