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Torksey
 
Torksey Castle
Torksey Castle
Torksey Castle
More details about this house and its owners can be found in T R Leach's book, 'Lincolnshire Country Houses and their Families: Part 1', published by SLHA.  Buy a copy.
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle

Torksey Castle was built in the middle of the sixteenth century by the wealthy Jermyn family of Suffolk, possibly as a convenient resting place on the road to York.

In August 1645 during the English Civil War it was almost totally destroyed by Parliamentarians.

The west front and part of the kitchen range are all that remain of this once impressive country house.
 

Torksey, Castle, Jermyn
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

The bridge over the Trent at Torksey for the MSLR was designed by John Fowler and opened in 1850.

It is the second oldest girder bridge of its type left in the world.  It is made of wrought iron box-girders which are structurally continuous over the central pier.

The line finally closed in 1988.

This view is from the north-west.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

This closer view of the bridge shows the wrought iron box-girders, the most significant components of the bridge.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

View of the bridge from the south-east.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

The bridge was strengthened in 1897 by the insertion of a central steel girder, seen here on the left.

The line finally closed in 1988.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

The cross beams supporting the rails are suspended from the girders.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge
Torksey, Railway Bridge

The bridge was strengthened in 1897 by the insertion of a central steel girder, seen here.

The method of suspending cross-beams is also clarified.

July 2013

Torksey, railway bridge
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

The tower of St Peterís is 16th century and is in pleasing contrast to the plain unattractive render on the rest of the church.

August 2013

Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

The nave, aisle and chancel of St Peter's have plain, rendered walls and were rebuilt in 1821 by William Hayward.

August 2013

Torksey, St Peter church
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

Inside St Peter's are 13th century arcades, with beautiful stiff leaf capitals.

The chancel arch and the font are also 13th century.

May 2010

Torksey, St Peter church
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

Carving of bishop's head at springing point of arch.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter

"In the nave, high up in the south wall is a pointed niche containing a reset worn seated figure, possibly a C13 virgin and child"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064078 

Has also been described as a Sheila-na-gig figure.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Sheila-na-gig-figure-in-the-wall-of-St-Peter-s-church--Torksey/233645.record?pt=S  

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, virgin and child, Sheila-na-gig
Torksey, St Peter, Altar
Torksey, St Peter, Altar
Torksey, St Peter, Altar

"The altar table re-uses a C15 recumbent black letter slab with a shallow carving of a lady with coats of arms to either side of the head"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064078 

Church's brief history states that "as part of the Victorian Restoration, a stone memorial to Margaret de Multon, prioress at the nunnery, was removed from St. Peter's churchyard to provide a stone altar.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, altar, Margaret de Multon
Torksey, St Peter, capital
Torksey, St Peter, capital
Torksey, St Peter, capital

The three-bay arcade of the thirteenth century has quatrefoil piers with stiff-leaf capitals.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, Caryatid

Pevsner says that above the west tower window is a "charming crouching figure: a reset C14 caryatid".

DB 20 May 2018 

 

Torksey, St Peter, church, caryatid
Torksey, St Peter, font
Torksey, St Peter, font
Torksey, St Peter, font

St Peter's font, thirteenth century in date, is a simple tub shape with decorated frieze along the rim.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter, font
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque
Torksey, St Peter, Grotesque

Grotesque head set into the west tower. Fingers pulling the mouth into a wicked grin.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, Grotesque
Torksey, St Peter, Interior
Torksey, St Peter, Interior
Torksey, St Peter, Interior

Church open for West Lindsey Churches Festival with an ongoing art exhibition off to the left.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church
Torksey, St Peter, pipe organ
Torksey, St Peter, pipe organ
Torksey, St Peter, pipe organ

This small pipe organ in painted case of classical form was 'presented to Torksey St Peter by Stow Methodist Church 2004' according to the brass plaque.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter, organ
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Torksey, St Peter, wall painting

A small area of early wall decoration uncovered on the wall of the nave.

August 2017

Torksey, St Peter, wall painting
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial

First world war memorial plaque 1914 - 1919.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, First World War memorial
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial
Torksey, St Peter, War Memorial

Second world war memorial plaque 1939 - 1945.

DB 20 May 2018

Torksey, St Peter, church, war memorial