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Bishop Norton
 
Bishop Norton, Footbridge
Bishop Norton, Footbridge
Bishop Norton, Footbridge

This small footbridge is at the bottom of the hill on the road from Bishop Norton to Atterby.

It is a single span bridge, usually described as a clapper bridge, over Atterby Beck and gives access to the fields to Atterby.

The huge stone slab is suitable for use by single line of walkers.

It is considered to be ancient and is listed by English Heritage.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Bishop Norton, footbridge,
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyan Methodists built this chapel in 1812 and then sold it to the Free Methodists in 1864.

Methodists of the village came together in 1949 and used the former Primitive Methodist chapel for worship.

July 2019

Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Free Methodist Chapel
The date plaque on the chapel. It had been sold by the Wesleyans to the Free Methodists the previous year.
Bishop Norton,
Bishop Norton, Methodist Free Church
Bishop Norton, Methodist Free Church
Bishop Norton, Methodist Free Church

Inscripton states "METHODIST FREE CHURCH 1865"

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Free Methodist, Church, Chapel
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place

Norton Place was built for the MP, John Harrison, by John Carr of York in 1776.

The porch on this, the west side, was probably built by Vulliamy in 1836.

T R Leach Collection, 1967

Bishop Norton, Norton Place, John Harrison, John Carr, Vulliamy
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place

The south entrance lodge built by John Carr in 1776.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Bishop Norton, Norton Place, entrance lodge
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place

West elevation of the house built by John Carr of York in 1776.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Bishop Norton, Norton Place, John Carr
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place

This is the principal front of the house, facing south.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place
Bishop Norton, Norton Place

This engraving was published by William Miller of Old Bond Street, London, in 1803.

The original sketch by Thomas Espin (1767-1822) was re-drawn by Frederick Nash (1782-1856) and engraved by Bartholomew Howlett (1767-1827).

Both Espin and Howlett were born in Lincolnshire (Howlett in Louth, Espin in Holton cum Beckering).

Print from the collection of Mrs Annabel Carle

Bishop Norton, Bartholomew Howlett, Thomas Espin, F Nash, William Miller
Bishop Norton, Old School
Bishop Norton, Old School
Bishop Norton, Old School

The Old School, Main Street, Bishop Norton, was built in 1872.

It has an unusual patterned slate roof and tile decoration over one window.

Like many schools at this time the builders paid much attention to details. The bellcote remains intact.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

 

1. Stopp, P, Lincolnshire: A Parish History: Bishop Norton, 1986

Bishop Norton, school,
Bishop Norton, Old School
Bishop Norton, Old School
Bishop Norton, Old School

The National School was built here, by subscription, in 1872. It could hold 100 children. It was later known as Bishop Norton and Atterby National School.

The closure of the school was precipitated in June 1945 when it proved to be impossible to recruit sufficient teachers.

August 2018
Bishop Norton, school
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel, Main Street, Bishop Norton, built in 1875, became disused in the 1980s before closing officially in 1993 .

It is believed there was an earlier chapel on the same site, probably from the early to mid 19th century.

The iron-work railings have survived along with the foundation stones and date stone.

Pearl Wheatley, 2011

 
1. Kingsley, L W, Bishop Norton Methodist Chapel Centenary, 1875-1975, 1975

Bishop Norton, methodist, chapel, primitive,
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, Primitive Methodist Chapel

This former chapel, erected for the Primitive Methodists, opened in June 1875.

In 1949 the Wesleyan Methodists in the village closed their chapel and joined the 'Prims' to worship here.

The chapel closed in 1993.

August 2018

Bishop Norton, Methodist Chapel
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter

View from the south.

September 2013

Bishop Norton, St Peter church
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter

The small Georgian church of St Peter was built in 1747. The plastered interior is plain, with 19th century fittings.

The tower has a 12th century carved stone set into its west wall.

May 2008

Bishop Norton, St Peter church, Georgian
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Bishop Norton, St Peter

A second view of the church from the east.

August 2015

Bishop Norton, St Peter Church
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Chancel, East Window
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Chancel, East Window
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Chancel, East Window

Inscription bottom right states that the stained glass was given in thanksgiving, following the church's restoration, after a lightning strike 2nd May 1973.

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, stained glass, window
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial

Bishop Norton's war memorial takes the form of a lychgate at the churchyard entrance.

The Church Guide states :-

"After the Great War, a lychgate was erected on the southern path as a lasting memorial to 6 men from the Parish who had been killed in Flanders.

The memorial was extended for 3 others who died in World War II.

The churchyard also contains 2 Commonwealth War Graves and another from 1849 for a trooper of the 7th Dragoons" 

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, Lychgate, War memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial

Tablet set into the inside wall of the lychgate.

In remembrance of those who :-

"LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918" 

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, Lychgate, War memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Lychgate War Memorial

Tablet set into the inside wall of the lychgate.

In grateful remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Second World War 1939 -1945.

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, Lychgate, War memorial
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave

Looking east towards the chancel. 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. Peter is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells:

the interior was rearranged and refitted in 1868, when a new font of Caen stone was presented and an organ purchased by subscription, at a cost of £400:

on the north side of the chancel is a small mortuary chapel and in the tower is an ancient stone coffin of unknown date:

the church was restored in 1892 at an estimated cost of £200:

there are 200 sittings.

The register, including Atterby, dates from the year 1598.

The living is a vicarage, with that of Atterby annexed, joint net yearly value £240, including 207 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln, and held since 1879 by the Rev. Christopher Harrison R.A. of Clare College, Cambridge, rural dean of Aslackhoe and chaplain of St. Edmund's Spital"

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Font
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Font
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Font

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"the interior was rearranged and refitted in 1868, when a new font of Caen stone was presented"

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, Font
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Organ
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Organ
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Organ

The church guide states :-

"The instrument was built by T H Nicholson in 1868.

Originally powered by hand, the bellows were converted to electric blowers in 1961.

The organ underwent a major refurbishment in 2008, hopefully setting it up for the next 150 years"

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, organ, T H Nicholson
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Pulpit
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Pulpit
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Nave, Pulpit

C19 pulpit.

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, Pulpit
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Tower
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Tower
Bishop Norton, St Peter, Tower

"In the west wall is reset a mid C12 tympanum with central scene of recumbent figures with triciput above.

On the lintel beneath are chip carved star motifs.

In the arch over are roundels containing geometric designs"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064181 

DB 12 May 2019

Bishop Norton, Saint Peter, Church, tympanum