St Martin

Situated at the highest point within the village, enables you to get the most fantastic views of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the Viking Way and the rolling countryside.

Scamblesby, Lincolnshire

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Key available from the churchwarden on 01507 343631 or 0777 8307892.


Church Lane
LN11 9XL

The church, like many others in the area, is built of green limestone.

The chancel was completely rebuilt in 1890, and in 1893 the nave was rebuilt at a cost of £800. Many of the features to be seen today came from neighbouring St Peter’s church, Cawkwell, now the site of a deserted medieval village.

Of particular note is one of the pillars which was used in the rebuilding of the nave. This pillar is early Norman and is easily distinguishable from the other pillars. The pew ends at St Martin’s are also thought to have come from Cawkwell. These depict images of the ‘Green Man’ and each pew end is slightly different. The front pew ends has carved seraphs. The church contains unusual and ancient Poppy Head pew ends, which are thought to be of monastic origins.

The 13th century font is also most unusual. It has a massive and unusual bowl, round at the top with an octagonal pedestal. There are two rather pretty monuments, one to Reading Grantham who died 1859 and the other to Margaret Henry who died in the 18th century. The 1672 will of Reverend Herbert Thorndike, a prebendary of Westminster, left his estate to the parish.

St Martin’s is one of the many churches situated along the Viking Way, a national long distance walk travelling 147 miles between Barton on Humber in North Lincolnshire to Oakham in Rutland.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • 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

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