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Keddington
 
Keddington
Keddington
Keddington

Keddington is a small village 2 miles north east of Louth. Its church, St Margaret's, seen here in the background, is redundant.

The disused Louth Canal (foreground) passes through the village, and the ruins of Louth Abbey lie within the parish.

Undated postcard by the Cotswold Publishing Co. Ltd.

Keddington,
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret

Now redundant, St Margaret's church is a stone building patched with brick, much restored by the Victorians, but retaining a Norman window in the south wall and a late C12 south doorway.

 Unposted Valentine's Series postcard 

Keddington,
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret

Several materials have been used in building or restoring the church.

Broad bands of brick – in four courses – are interspersed with greenstone in much of the nave and side walls of the chancel.

Part of the north wall of the nave is built in limestone rubble.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret

View of the church from the north-west.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret

St Margaret’s church at Keddington is Grade II listed.

April 2019

https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101359987-church-of-st-margaret-keddington#.YEj_e9ynyUk

Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote

The gabled bellcote and west wall of the church are built of red brick, probably dating from a mid-nineteenth century restoration. Massive three-stage buttresses provide support.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote
Keddington, St Margaret, Bellcote

The bellcote has a sturdy and simple design.

The gable is ashlar dressed and above is a cross finial.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret, bellcote
Keddington, St Margaret, graveyard memorial
Keddington, St Margaret, graveyard memorial
Keddington, St Margaret, graveyard memorial

A solid but plain memorial on the edge of the churchyard commemorates Andrea Kalvos (1792-1869), the National Poet of Greece.

Kalvos was born in Zakythos and moved with his father and brother to Leghorn, Italy in 1805 when his parents parted.

He came to Louth as a teacher in 1865 and died in 1869. Both he and his wife Charlotte were buried at Keddington.

He is feted in Greece as a National Poet. In 1960 a commemorative marble plaque, now in Louth Museum, was erected in Keddington St Margaret’s church following exhumation for return to a mausoleum on his native island.

His original gravestone now serves as a cenotaph where a footpath enters Keddington churchyard. It reads:

Sacred / to the memory of / Andrea Kalvo PhD / late of Corfu / Who departed this life / Novr 3rd 1869 / in his 78th year / Deeply beloved and lamented by his wife and friends
He is not dead but sleepeth / He is but gone to rest : / And Christ our Loy'd one keepeth / Now and forever blest

Jean Howard, November 2020

Keddington,
Keddington, St Margaret, Label Stop
Keddington, St Margaret, Label Stop
Keddington, St Margaret, Label Stop

There are two simple decorated label stops at the ends of the hood mould over the porch entrance.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret, label stop
Keddington, St Margaret, Window
Keddington, St Margaret, Window
Keddington, St Margaret, Window

At high level on the south wall of the nave is a small early twelfth-century round-headed light with deeply moulded head and chamfered surround.

April 2019

Keddington, St Margaret, window