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St Margaret

Early Perpendicular, Grade II listed church and birthplace of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Victorian poet whose father George Clayton Tennyson was rector from 1806 until his death in 1831.

Somersby, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Open daily dawn to dusk.


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George is buried in the churchyard. Next to his tomb is a stone to Catherina Tennyson. She was the second wife of Horatio, Alfred’s youngest sibling. There are also related artefacts and interpretation boards within the church including a bust of Alfred Lord Tennyson created by Thomas Woolner (1825-92). The famous poet spent the first 28 years of his life at Somersby and many of his poems make reference to the villages and landscapes around.

Within the chancel is a plaque to George Littlebury, a knight who died in 1621 and who was the landowner at the time. Near the pulpit there is a plaque to members of the Burton and Langhorne Burton family, who followed the Littlebury’s as landowners for several centuries. There are many Burton graves also found in the churchyard.

Within the churchyard, stands proud a Perpendicular cross which survived being destroyed by the Roundheads following the battle of Winceby which took place just a few miles away to the south. Also of note is the sundial above the porch with its inscription ‘Time Passeth’ and dated 1721.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

  • WREN Heritage Fund Grant, £20,000, 2014

  • WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)  Funds were awarded for urgent repair projects, based on our recommendation, to help keep churches open.

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