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Thorpe on the Hill
 
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel

The John Hunt Memorial Chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1909, providing space for a congregation of 120. It cost £850 to build.

The building, now converted for residential occupation, occupies a prominent position in the centre of the village. Its bright red brick with cream brick and painted stone details makes a striking front facade.

August 2016

Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel, John Hunt
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel
Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel

The Methodist Church in Thorpe on the Hill is dedicated to John Hunt who was born in nearby Hykeham Moor in 1812.

He served as a missionary for the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Fiji from 1838 until his death in 1848.

August 2016

Thorpe on the Hill, Methodist Chapel, John Hunt. Fiji, Hykeham Moor
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Goods Yard
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Goods Yard
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Goods Yard

Ordnance Survey 25 inch map published 1905 shows this building standing, to the north of the station, at the entrance to what was presumably a small goods yard.

Map shows cattle pens and a couple of spurs from the railway.

Yard now occupied by Alpha Concrete whose address is given as The Old Coal Yard. 

DB 26 April 2018

Thorpe on the Hill, Railway, station, Goods Yard, cattle pens, coal yard, Alpha Concrete
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Inn
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Inn
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Inn

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1876 lists Charles Hall both as the publican and as a coal merchant.

DB 26 April 2018

Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Inn, coal
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Station
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Station
Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Station

Former station-master’s house or crossing keepers cottage now a private house. 

"in 1846 the village was linked to the remainder of the Empire by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, whose station opened in Thorpe that year. The station-master’s house and the Railway Hotel are still there, but no trains have stopped since the 1960s"

Village Plan Version 4. December 2014 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1876 lists James Scott as the Station Master.

DB 26 April 2018

Thorpe on the Hill, Railway Station, James Scott,
Thorpe on the Hill, School
Thorpe on the Hill, School
Thorpe on the Hill, School

St Michael's Church of England Primary School - this appears to be a new build with older OS maps showing the school at the opposite end of School Lane.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Public Elementary School (mixed), for 75 children; Mrs. Sarah E. Delmar, mistress"

and in 1885 :-

"National School. for 75 children; average attendance, 41"

The village Character Assessment states :-

"East of Cedar House, which stands on Lincoln Lane (No.18), is Thorpe’s original Schoolhouse (Nos. 1 & 2 School Lane), opened in 1899 to replace the original village schoolhouse that had been located in the north-eastern corner of St Michael’s churchyard since 1843" 

https://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=47780 

DB 21 February 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael's Church of England Primary School
Thorpe on the Hill, School
Thorpe on the Hill, School
Thorpe on the Hill, School

Former school now two private houses.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1905 states :-

"Public Elementary School (mixed), for 75 children; average yearly attendance, 54; Miss Annie Outram, mistress"

DB 30 May 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, School
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels

Rebuilt in 1722, the squat tower nevertheless has traces of Norman and 13th century work.

The rest of the church was rebuilt by C G Hare in 1912.

May 2014

Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael church, C G Hare
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels

Apart from the tower, St Michael’s dates from 1912.

Built of stone with a slate roof, the church has buttresses, square–headed and pointed windows, and a pyramidal top to the tower.

May 2014

Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The original church of St. Michael was a plain building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel and nave and a tower containing a clock and 3 bells :

in 1912 the whole of the church, with the exception of tower, was pulled down and rebuilt on new foundations at a cost of £1,565:

a new vestry was also added at a further cost of £150:

the church is of Weldon stone, with a barrel roof:

a new oak screen was presented by the Rev. W. Hedley M.A. rector 1900-1904 to the memory of the Right Rev. Edward King D.D. Bishop of Lincoln 1885-1910:

there are about 200 sittings"

DB 21 February 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels

Detail of west front and base of tower. 

"Tower, mostly rebuilt 1722 with square pyramidal slate roof, contains blocked Norman window and re-set blocked C13 pointed doorway. Western door of 1722 with semi-circular moulding above, and small circular window above"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061970 

DB 4 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael, Church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel

Looking east towards the sanctuary.

Thorpe's Village Plan States :-

"There has been a church on this site since at least the eleventh century (it is first mentioned in Domesday Book), but although traces of earlier churches are still to be seen in the fabric, the earliest part standing is the stumpy western tower, which was rebuilt in 1722, reusing earlier masonry.

The remainder of the church was rebuilt in a suburban style by the architect C G Hare in 1912.

As an architect, Hare is mostly noted as the junior partner of one the towering figures of late-nineteenth century architecture, G F Bodley, who had died in 1907"

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Files/Parish/683/Thorpe_Parish_Plan_V4_Continuous_text.pdf 

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, chancel
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel, Roof
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel, Roof
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Chancel, Roof

Detail of chancel roof.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, chancel,roof
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave

Looking east towards the chancel screen.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"a new oak screen was presented by the Rev. W. Hedley M.A. rector 1900-1904 to the memory of the Right Rev. Edward King D.D. Bishop of Lincoln 1885-1910"

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, Roll of Honour
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, Roll of Honour
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, Roll of Honour

Framed and glazed Roll of Honour.

"To Commemorate the deeds of those who rendered gallant service during the GREAT WAR 1914 1918" 

Dated September 1920. 

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, roll of honour
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, War Memorial
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, War Memorial
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Nave, War Memorial

First World War memorial.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, War Memorial
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle

Looking east towards the organ and vestry.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle

Looking west towards the font.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Font
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Font
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Font

Presumably dating from the 1912 rebuild.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, Font
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Organ
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Organ
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, North Aisle, Organ

Makers plaque states

"Cousans, Sons & Co.

City Organ Works,

Lincoln." 

http://www.cousansorgans.co.uk/history.html  

According to a press clipping dated 21 July 1960 the organ had come to the church the previous week after being completely restored.

Originally bought in 1911 for private use in Kirmington Vicarage. It had then spent 43 years in St George's Mission Church, Swallowbeck before being bought for Thorpe.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, organ
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Pulpit
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Pulpit
Thorpe on the Hill, St Michael & All Angels, Pulpit

Presumably dating from the 1912 rebuild.

DB 2 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, Saint Michael church, pulpit
Thorpe on the Hill, Village Sign
Thorpe on the Hill, Village Sign
Thorpe on the Hill, Village Sign

Church bell wheel symbol.

Level crossing and Railway Inn in the background.

DB 26 April 2018

Thorpe on the Hill, Village Sign
Thorpe on the Hill, War Memorial
Thorpe on the Hill, War Memorial
Thorpe on the Hill, War Memorial

On the green near the junction of Main Street and West Field Lane.

Of recent construction. 

DB 4 April 2019

Thorpe on the Hill, War Memorial