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Winteringham Church is dedicated to All Saints.  The Church is mentioned in Domesday Book, but it is thought that there was a stone church in the village long before that, the stones of which now form part of the Tower.  If you look carefully at the tower you will also see at least two stones on the outside of the north wall, which have evidence of fluting, and some believe shows that they were used in Roman buildings!  The building as we now see it was built and altered in many stages, as shown in the table below:

Northern arches and aisle
Southern arches and aisle
Chancel (replacing an earlier one)
South Transept
Font, South Porch, North Vestry, roof pitch
Heating by hot water

12th century
15th century

Winteringham Church from the gates
Winteringham Church pre-1851

One or two of the changes made in 1851 can be observed by comparing this detail of a print made at that time with the ‘modern’ church in the photograph above.  The easiest to spot, and the one changing the appearance of the church most markedly, is the shallower roof line before the alterations - which can still be seen from within the church by standing in the chancel and looking towards the tower.

A 300 year old Winteringham mystery!

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Harvest Home 1862

Harvest Home 1862
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The bells in the belfry of Winteringham Church 1966Plan of the bell frame
The Tower is 64 feet in height, and includes 5 bells, (pictured) arranged as shown in the diagram on the right.  At the time this photograph was taken in 1966, just one bell was able to be rung - and that with a Heath-Robinson fix on a broken bell-wheel!


Winteringham Church tower
An effigy of a knight templar, thought to be a Marmion, Winteringham

The Church Tower seen from the west (left) and the recumbent figure in the chancel, believed to be a Marmion - the Lords of the Manor at Winteringham (below)

Z G YewdallThe Churchyard was extended westwards in the year 1912, plans of the extension being drawn by Mr Z G Yewdall who was an engineer and draughtsman associated with the construction of the North Lindsey Light Railway.  It was he who submitted a successful tender for the provision of the iron fencing around the perimeter of this extension at a cost of 6/- per yard.  (Information kindly supplied by Geoff Greaves Churchwarden) (Photograph kindly supplied by Charles Parker.  There is further information on Mr Yewdall, courtesy of Charles, on the NLLR - Other Documents page

In 1143 the village church saw a ceremony confirming William de St Barbara as the Bishop of Durham when he was met at Winteringham by monks bearing the news as he was returning from attending a council in London.  The position of Bishop of Durham was, at that time, not just ecclesiastical.  Known as the ‘Prince Bishops’ they had many secular powers as well as those of Bishop, and could - and did - defy the King of England on occasions.

The Marmions also had royal connections, and the recumbent figure in the Church is believed to have been one of these

South Transept Window, Winteringham Church

The South Transept Windows, photographed by Yvonne Ingram, Australia

Below is a copy of the dedication which took place on Sunday 18 May 2003 by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Dr John Saxbee.
' Peter Gunning is remembered with love and respect in this group of parishes and beyond for his ministry during eleven years as vicar. He began the restoration of this window to mark the Millenium here in Winteringham.
John Bratton was a faithful member of this congregation. As a crew member of a Lancaster bomber during the war, John was conscious of the loss and destruction suffered on both sides. The piecing together of the fragments of this window, blown out in an air raid, stood for him as a symbol of the need for reparation and reconciliation.'

Winteringham Church Altar

Taken by Ken Jacobs on Easter Monday 2005 (28th March), the altar with the stained glass windows behind.

Winteringham Church Font

Taken on the same day as the altar photograph, this shows the font, with the window dedicated to Henry Kirke White behind.

Other links to the Church on this site ... Photograph of the Church Choir in the mid-fifties, wearing their new gowns

Winteringham Church stained glass

Winteringham Church Door The beautiful door to the church.

A 300 year old Winteringham Mystery

In 1724, Dr Stukeley visited Winteringham, and wrote the following*:-

The present Win-
"teringham is still a corporation, and the
"mayor is chosen only out of one street, next
"the old town, where was a chapel; the bell of
"it now hangs in a wooden frame, by the pillory,
"and makes a most ridiculous appearance.

What kind of chapel was this, and where was it situated?  Did it belong to Winteringham Church?  Was it part of the Priory lands close by the Grange?  We’d be grateful for any information which could throw some light on this intriguing snippet from Dr Stukely’s observations.

It MAY have been a wayside chapel such as this one in Neuf Marche, France (from which the Winteringham Newmarch family originated).

Neuf Marche Wayside Chapel


Harvest Festival 1864

From the Hull Packet 23rd September 1864

The harvest festival was held on Wednesday [21-9-1864] when the usual rejoicings and rural sports took place.  Everything in the shape of refreshments were abundant.  A band of music paraded the streets.  There was also a lecture in the evening.

Controversy at the Church!

From the Hull Packet 27th June 1873

The Rock of the 20th ult. Gives a list of the "priests of the Church of England" who petitioned Convocation, "That in view of the widespread and increasing use of sacramental confession, your venerable house may consider the advisability of providing for the education, selection, and licensing of duly qualified confessors."  In this list appears the name of the Rev. C. Knowles, M.A., rector of Winteringham.  This fact has caused some sensation in the village, and there is a strong feeling against the introduction of this "so-called Sacramental Confession" into Winteringham.  The thing is neither wished for, nor yet wanted.

More Controversy...

From the Hull Packet 13th March 1874

To the editor of the "Hull Packet"
Sir, - Bills are being circulated in this neighbourhood, headed "Evangelization Society" and announcing that "gospel addresses" will be given nearly every day this week at Winteringham. "The unsaved, and those who are not in the habit of attending any place of worship, are affectionately invited to come and hear. As the services are  purely unsectarian, the co-operation of Christians of all denominations is earnestly desired."  An agent of this society was working a short time ago in a parish not far from Winteringham, and many Church people were drawn by this announcement to look upon the effort with a sympathetic interest. But upon the occasion of his last address, to a large audience, tracts or handbills were distributed broadcast on "Ritualism and the Confessional." And this in a parish where there is nothing of the kind at church. Whatever there may be of confession in the properly conducted class meetings of the Wesleyan Society, allow me to ask :-1. Are Ritualism and the Confessional the besetting sins, or the greatest dangers, of "those who are not in the habit of attending any place of worship"?  2. Is not the distribution of such papers an express or an implicit attack upon the Church of England? Will it not be so understood by those who receive them?  3. Is such an attack consistent with the non-sectarian profession above quoted? Depend upon it, sir, whatever we may call ourselves, there are enough of our own denomination to be made consistent - and enough "outsiders" to labour among - without compassing sea and land to make proselytes from the Church, or to raise capital out of a party cry that we know to be unfounded.  Surely in religion even more than in business

Harvest Festival 1874

From the Hull Packet 25th October 1874

The yearly service of thanksgiving for the harvest has been held in the Parish Church of All Saints.  The church was prettily decorated, and, considering the uncertainty of the weather, well filled.  The sermon, preached by the Rev. H. Syers, Vicar of Peterborough, was listened to with marked attention.  The collection, which amounted to 5 4s. 6d., was devoted, as usual, to the Hull Infirmary.

And More Controversy...

From the Hull Packet 21st July 1882

The Rev C. Knowles, dating from Winteringham Rectory, writes:- "You admitted into your issue of Saturday last an account of the Winteringham Church Sunday school treat, which evidently emanates from no kindly spirit, and certainly proceeds from no one in authority in connection with the school.  I trust, therefore, that you will allow me space in your next to say that the limited attendance, so good-naturedly refrred to, proceeded very much more from the wetness of the weather than the cause assigned by your own reporter."

Harvest Festival 1882

From the Hull Packet 3rd November 1882

- On Tuesday se'nnight the annual service of thanksgiving for the harvest was held in the church of this village.  A day more unsuited for such a service could not well have been, for it rained piteously, and blew from an early hour in the morning until after the service itself was over.  Nevertheless, a few willing hands, despite the drenching rain, did their best to make the church assume a festive appearance, and succeeded, in spite of the opposition of the elements.  The pulpit and font attracted a good deal of attention, as did also a very appropriate text in the transept, well and boldly lettered by one somewhat new to the work of church decoration, and whose aid was, therefore, all the more welcome on the present occasion.  The congregation, considering the weather, was better than could have been expected.  An eloquent and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev Elmitt Brown, of St Jude's, Hull, and the collection at the close for Hull Infirmary exceeded that of last year.

Editor's note: "se'nnight" is an archaic term meaning seven nights, or a week.

Harvest Festival 1883

From the Hull Packet 2nd November 1883

On Friday week the annual harvest thanksgiving service was held in the church of this village, when an excellent and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev A. H. Lamb, curate of Flixborough, from St. John vi,. 34.  The church was tastefully decorated for the occasion, and despite the extreme wetness of the day, a large congregation assembled for the service.  The collection was, as usual, for the benefit of the Hull General Infirmary.  The services were repeated on the Sunday evening following to a large and attentive congregation.

Epitaph in Churchyard

From the Hull Packet 6th June 1884

Epitaph on the tombstone of a person named Roberts:-
"Our life is but a winter's day -
Some only breakfast, and away;
Others to dinner stay, and are full fed,
The oldest man but sups and goes to bed:
Large is his debt who lingers out the day,
Who goes the first has the least sum to pay."
There is a quaintness in the idea conveyed in this epitaph which is found in other churchyards.  It occurs at Crowland and Llangollen. - J.G., Barton-on-Humber

Flower Festival 1885

From the Hull Packet 9th August 1885

The annual flower service was held in the Parish Church on last Sunday evening.  Although the rain had in some measure spoilt the flowers, many beautiful posies were presented by willing hands.  An appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev W. A. Taylor, vicar of Roxby.  The flowers were sent to the sick at the Hull General Infirmary.


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Winteringham, Parish Council (includes current news items, photographs, weather forecasts, calendar of events, etc etc) Don Burton World of NaturePhoto Archive (modern photographs of the village), What the Papers have said about Winteringham (since July 2004), High Resolution Historical Photographs, Winteringham Film Archive, Winteringham Football Club, Winteringham Nature Site, Winteringham Recipes, Winteringham Sales, Winteringham Camera Club, Winteringham Village Hall, Winteringham Chapel

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