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The Church’s foundation stone was laid on 24th August 1848 the feast of St Bartholomew.

The ceremonial trowel presented to Canon Wayet, the founder, and used by him on that occasion, can be found in the small recess on the ST B West Pinchbeck trowlSt B West Pinchbeck trowl certnorth wall.

In 1850, the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, Right Reverend John Kaye, visited the Church on July 9th to consecrate the building to be a House of God. If you look carefully behind the rose arch around the main door, and underneath the paint, you can see a faint trace of these words. “This is the House of God – This is the Gate of Heaven”.

St. Bartholomew’s is a typical Victorian Church of the 19th century, styled in Gothic style and consists of a chancel, nave of 4 bays, a north aisle, south porch and a turret containing 2 bells. The Rood screen was added in 1917, as a war memorial.

The architect was William Butterfield. Interestingly there is an almost identical Church on the island of Madagascar!

Unfortunately, 46 years after completion, an inspection of the building revealed defective foundations, making the entire structure in danger of collapse.

However on 20th October 1897, after extensive repairs the Church was re-dedicated by “ the saintly Bishop, Edward King”.

As you wonder around the Church you might wonder what a small door is doing high on the South Wall of the nave and chancel. Heating in early times was by means of coke combustion stoves, which produce obnoxious fumes. At these times the little doors were opened to allow the fumes to escape!

The Church is worth a visit and the parishioners are extremely helpful and friendly.