All Saints Church, Snelland.

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Potted History

All Saints Church, SnellandThere were three main phases in the construction of the church: the original building in the 12th century; rebuilding in the early 15th century; rebuilding again in 1862.

Most of the church was probably rebuilt in the early 15th century. The south wall is the oldest part of the present building and the two windows on the south of the nave are of the ‘late Decorated' style of about 1440. Two other windows, of the same period, have been moved from their original positions during the later rebuilding. First, the north-east window of the aisle (the north-west window is thought to be a poor copy of this). Second, the smaller window, now in the Vestry, which has been cut out of one stone. The Lincolnshire Architectural Society have taken the view that this would have originally been positioned as a low side window in the chancel as a "leper's window". 

All Saints Church, SnellandThe two corbel stones at the porch arch were probably reused from the Chancel Arch when the rebuilding took place in the 19th century.

The drawing of the Church in 1862 is most interesting, particularly when compared with the drawing showing the proposed reordering work.All Saints Church, Snelland 1862 proposed

All Saints Church, Snelland 1862 proposed