This is one of my snow churches, St Stephens’s Church in Carlby, Lincolnshire. We came across this little church when out and about on a mad dash to collect as many churches in the snow, before it all melted. This predominantly Early English church is set in an isolated village and has been an integral part of village life since the 13th century.
The church stands in a quite corner of the village with its slender broach spire which is 700 years old. The building is coursed limestone rubber and asher, with slate and lead roofs. Going in to the gabled 14th century ashlar porch, I found the church locked. As it’s a functioning church, I can understand why it’s locked, there was a key holder but It was too cold to go hunting. It was really the exterior that had caught my eye and yes it was very picturesque in the snow.
The churchyard is well maintained and there are several interesting gravestones. Apparently the interior is quite spacious with some fragments of a medieval Doom above the chancel arch which would have been interesting, as I have yet to see a Doom.
This is a working church and by the looks of it, well looked after and although lacking in any real outstanding features, the one thing it does have, is a congregation. St Stephen’s is an attractive church in pleasant surroundings and is well worth a visit if you are passing by.
6 Replies to “St Stephen’s Church Picturesque in the Snow”
Again great photos. Snow was a great surprise for to see. My favorite photos are the first and the second.
Yes we have had a lot of snow this year over a longer time than we normally get, so I tried to photograph as many churches as possible, as we might not get any next year 🙂 So glad you like the photos.
This is very lovely, especially in the snow. I love the photos with detail of the gravestones picked out. I am also very fond of doors and bricked up doors for some reason 🙂
I have noticed alot of bricked up doors on the churches, always seems to be the back door, the one the devil used to be able to leave from ( I read that somewhere, not sure if is true or not) It did look lovely in the snow, not sure if it would look as nice with out it….will have to have another look in the summer 🙂
I can always get into this kind of stuff, great photos.
Glad you like them, thanks for popping by 🙂