Owmby-by-Spital

Owmby is 11 miles north of Lincoln just off the A15. Owmby is known as Owmby by Spital because of the hospital that used to be situated in the village.

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St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church

St Peter’s and Paul’s church is mostly Norman, with the entrance to the building being at the base of the tower at the west end. The tower has three bells dating from 1687, only one of which is in use at present. A fine 12th century arcade separates the nave from the aisle, and its pointed archers rest on pillars with large bases. The capitals are decorated with bold leaf carvings. The chancel was added later, and the glass in the east window dates from 1958.

The church has required substantial renovations at various times. In 1845 Archdeacon Stonehouse reported that “Owmby Church is an old ruinous fabric, held together by the lead covering the roof.” The roof itself did then collapse in 1939, revealing beams and rafters that had been ravaged by woodworm. Repairs were rapidly carried out, and by January 1940 a new roof and been constructed above the nave, aisle and tower.

Further work was carried out in 1972, including renewal of stonework, re-hanging of the bells, installation of heaters and redecoration.

In 2000, the church was re-roofed. Although occasional financial aid was received, the majority of the work was funded through the generosity of the local community. In 2003, £1600 was raised from a Flower Festival for the redecoration of the Church. However, preparatory work suddenly uncovered the need for urgent structural repairs: Lintels over two medieval windows were close to collapse; one window was collapsing outwards; and some walls not joined to one another and were moving apart.

A scheme for the works was prepared. Substantial grant aid was received from ten grant giving trusts, and fundraising took place locally. The work was carried out, and the church was redecorated in 2005. To celebrate the completion of the work, John, Bishop of Lincoln, led a Songs of Praise service in Owmby Church in May. More external repairs which include the provision of new gate posts, a ramped path, re-pointing, stonework, a new vestry door, and lead work is still due to be carried out.

The inscriptions on the three bells read:

Let us remember the 5th of November WSHW 16687

When you die aloud I cry WSHW 1687

God save the King WSHW 1687

(WSHW refer to the bell founders William Seller of York and Humphrey Wilkinson of Lincoln)

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St. Peter's and Paul's Church - Owmby

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