BURTON, St Vincents.
Burton Village has to be amongst the prettiest of Lincolnshire villages and nestled away off the Main Street lies St Vincent’s Church. From Domesday times there has been a church on this site though the present building has undergone many changes: a tower added in the 17thC and the nave and chancel being rebuilt during the 18thC when a gallery for the Monson family was added to include a fireplace to keep the then Lord Monson (a gout sufferer) warm during church services. On the gallery wall are two hatchments (wooden painted panels of the Monson family coat of arms) and curiously there are also 4 Coronation chairs from the past three Coronations located in the gallery area.
The stained glass windows depict Lincolnshire Bishops, another the nativity where in the top right corner can be seen Lincoln Cathedral though the perspective is incorrect and another illustrates peace and mercy. All the windows have been donated by past congregation members. The graveyard contains about 200 graves and is given over to being a wildlife garden with some rare plants growing amongst the graves notably Adder’s tongue. During our visit the graveyard was covered in masses of yellow primroses - radiant in the April sunshine.
This visit today was made rather special because of the lady who gave the presentation. We very quickly realised that we had to listen very carefully as it would be said only once! The lady was none other than Sue Hodge the actress who played waitress Mimi Labonq in the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo who is now a Burton village resident. “Thonk you Mimi”!!
Thanks to Fiona Flemmings for the write up and Max Kitchen for the photos.
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