|St Botolph’s Church – Saxilby
The Parish Church of St. Botolph, Saxilby-with-Ingleby, is of considerable interest since it has indications of building in four different architectural styles over a period of some 900 years.
The Daubeney arms also appear on the FONT, which dates from the same period as the Nave, and most of the other arms on it belong to families which had marriage connections with the D'Aubignys. They are thought to be (reading from the east side anti-clockwise): Bigod, D'Aubigny, Tibetot, Umfraville, St. Liz, Folliot, Pigot or Pickworth and Blake. In the Daubeney Chapel the altar now in use came from St. Peter-at-Gowts Church in Lincoln. There is also a 17th Century altar table.In the south wall of the SANCTUARY are a canopied Sedilia, or seat for the priest, and a Piscina, or drain, still in use for the washing of holy vessels at the Eucharist. There is also another (blocked up) Piscina in the Daubeney Chapel. The Santuary was restored in 1962 when a new altar rail and reredos were added. The shields bear the arms of dioceses which have churches dedicated to St. Botolph. From north to south they are: St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Lincoln, York, Canterbury, Ely and Norwich. The Mark of St. Botolph which also appears is taken from an old Norwegian 'prime staff' in Trondheim Cathedral.There is an Aumbry to the North of the Sanctuary for the Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament for the Communion of the Sick.The fine organ is by W. Hill, London, 1894. It has ten speaking stops, two manuals and pedals.Near the font is displayed a rare treasure, copies of manuscript sheets of music over 500 years old, consisting of a setting of the Creed in Latin in a curious notation. The originals are now in the County Archives.On the south wall under the tower is a list of priests who have served this church since 1209, and of priests of the Chapel at Ingleby dating from the time of Domesday Book in 1086.The Church also possesses a beautiful Chalice and Paten-cover dated 1569, and a fine Restoration Chalice given to Broxholme in 1664. In the County Archives are some interesting Churchwardens' Accounts from 1551 to 1569, and from 1624 to 1790. They are written in ink on parchment, and the earlier pages cover an eventful period in the history of the Church of England during the Reformation. The vexed question of the use of ornaments in church is illustrated in detail. The various articles discarded in the reign of the Protestant Edward VI (1547-1553) are reinstated in that of the Roman Catholic Mary I (1553-1558), only to be thrown aside in the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603).Truly the history of our parish churches is the history of England. As you consider the past of this building, remember that it is no ancient monument but the place of worship for a living community, the people of God. Of your charity pray for the souls of its benefactors in the past and all who worship here today.
For a range of information on local history see also the Saxilby & District History Group web-site: www.saxilbyhistory.org