ALVINGHAM St. Adelwold's, and NORTH COCKERINGTON St. Mary's.
I expect most of those who went to Alvingham for our September visit were surprised that, after parking in the church car park as instructed, as I was when there was no sign of a church. I was relieved when Anne our guide appeared and led us through the farm buildings. We suddenly came upon not one but two churches within a few yards!
Foreground - St. Adelwold's Church Alvingham,
Background - St. Mary's Church North Cockerington.
Alvingham has two churches in the same churchyard, one dedicated to St. Mary, the other the only church in England to be dedicated to St. Adelwold. Alvingham is not unique to England in having two churches in one churchyard but it is unusual.
St. Adelwold's Church
St Mary's with its stubby tower was built as the chapel of the Gilbertine priory but was given to the parish of North Cockerington when their own church became derelict. It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. This church has some very interesting box pews. The church of St Adelwold now serves both parishes. It was restored in 1933 and is very bright and cheerful.
St. Mary's Church
Our vast concluded with tea and chat followed by a visit for most of us to the toilets in the day nursery! A most enjoyable day out into the Lincolnshire Marshes.
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