St Margaret

The first view one has of the village is that of the tower of the greenstone church of St Margaret with its dominating red clock. Created in 1787 by horologist Edmund Howard, the long drop clock is truly a remarkable piece of engineering.

Hemingby, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Open daily, dawn to dusk.


St Margaret Church

First reference to a church on the site was in 1281 and it is thought the present church, constructed in 1764 is the third or fourth to be built. Probably St Margarets’s most famous rector was George Thackeray, cousin to novelist Wlliam Makepiece Thackeray. During his life he gifted the oak pulpit to the church.

The church was restored again in 1895 and the tower was further heightened in 1930. The door to the South side of the church is said to be made of bog oak which came from a large tree uncovered during the excavations for the Boston to Lincoln railway line.
There are many features within the church to discover, including a colourful reredos behind the altar. On the north wall is a tablet in memory of Revd Joseph Carr who died in 1768. More recent is the stained glass window in the west end of the church, installed in 1988 and given in tribute to FE Read, a local farmer and long time church warden. It depicts his farming interests, especially that of breeding Lincoln Red cattle.

The view from the window on a summer’s evening is simply stunning.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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