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North Willingham
 
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas

St Thomas, North Willingham, has a medieval tower attached to a late eighteenth century nave and chancel.

The east window is Venetian, there is a west gallery and the chancel has monuments to the Boucherett family.

Mark Acton, 2014

North Willingham, St Thomas church, Boucherett, Venetian window
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas

A later view of the church from the south-east. Rampant ivy has been removed from the chancel but, in a mere three years, has made rapid progress at the corner of the tower.

July 2017

North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas

The topmost part of the tower was rebuilt by C H Fowler in 1895.

July 2017

North Willingham, St Thomas
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 1
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 1
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 1

The grave of Emilia Jessie Boucherett, women’s rights campaigner, writer and editor who was born at North Willingham Hall in 1825.

Jessie was inspired in her life’s activities by reading the English Woman’s Journal and an article about the many ‘superfluous’ women in England’s population.

In 1859 she helped found the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women. With others she began in 1865 to campaign for votes for women. She also supported the Married Women’s Property Act.

In 1866 she founded the Englishwomen’s Review which she edited until 1870, when she co-founded the Women’s Suffrage Journal.

Jean Howard, September 2020

North Willingham, Emilia Jessie Boucherett, women's suffrage
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 2
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 2
North Willingham, St Thomas, Boucherett Grave 2
Jessie Boucherett outlived her sister and three brothers to inherit the North Willingham property. When she died at Willingham Hall in 1905 she left an estate of £38,000 and large bequests to a number of charities including the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women.

Her grave is on the left of this photo; on the right is her elder sister Louisa Boucherett 1821-1895 who was a pioneer of the movement for boarding out pauper children; and the central grave is for their mother Louisa 1794-1873.

Jean Howard, September 2020

North Willingham, Boucherett, Louisa
North Willingham, St Thomas, doorway
North Willingham, St Thomas, doorway
North Willingham, St Thomas, doorway

The entrance to St Thomas's is through the west side of the tower. Both door and window above are fifteenth century, retained during the Victorian restoration.

July 2017

North Willingham, St Thomas, doorway
North Willingham, St Thomas, masonry
North Willingham, St Thomas, masonry
North Willingham, St Thomas, masonry

There is a mixture of Spilsby Sandstone (greenstone) and Tealby Limestone (ironstone) in the walls of the church.

July 2017

North Willingham, St Thomas, masonry
Willingham House
Willingham House
Willingham House

Willingham House in North Willingham was built in 1790 for Ayscough Boucherett perhaps to the design of Robert Mitchell.

It housed German and Italian prisoners during the Second World War.

Declared unsafe, it was blown up by the Royal Engineers in 1967.

Undated postcard, photograph by C Fieldhouse

North Willingham, Willingham House, Ayscough Boucherett, Robert Mitchell, prisoners of war
Willingham House
Willingham House
Willingham House

Built in 1790 near to the river Rase and in view of the Louth to Market Rasen road in North Willingham, this was the home of the Boucherett family.

Its neo-classical style, by Robert Mitchell, with Ionic portico and Coade stone capitals, was unusual for Lincolnshire.

Boucheretts were the occupants until 1905 and then the Wrights until 1962.  It was blown up in 1967.

North Willingham, Boucherett, Robert Mitchell, Coade stone, Wright