SK6929 : Church of St Luke, Hickling

taken 7 years ago, near to Hickling, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of St Luke, Hickling
Church of St Luke, Hickling
The south door. The ironwork on the door is thought to date back to the 13th century, although the doorway itself is 14th century. The timber has two holes, now blocked, thought to be musket loopholes from the period of the Civil War.
Church of St Luke, Hickling

The church is very straightforward in form, consisting of western tower, nave and chancel with north and south aisles to the nave and a south porch. The nave and south aisle are of 14th century origin, but the remainder of the church is the result of mainly 19th century restoration. This includes the west tower (1873) and chancel (1845). The original tower was a wooden structure. The low clerestory and the porch are 15th century.

The interior is very plain, the 14th century aisle arcades and chancel arch in Early English style being free of decoration. Although the roof was considerably rebuilt in the late 19th century, to a much flatter profile than before, much of the timber was reused and is certainly of medieval origin, with some timbers showing remains of medieval painted decoration.

Interior fittings of note include a late 14th century font, much restored during the 16th century, a small piscina in the south wall of the south aisle and a 17th century carved oak poor box. In the chancel are a pair of benches with 14th century poppy head ends.

The chancel contains a number of interesting monuments. Most important of these is the Anglo-Saxon stone cross slab, ornately carved with typical Celtic knot designs with animal figures, probably 10th century in origin. On the opposite of the chancel is the Vaux tombstone, discovered in the churchyard in 1983, being moved inside the church following restoration in the early 20th century. It was carved around 1600 and would originally have had an effigy on top. It retains a Latin inscription indicating that it came from the tomb of William Harrowden. He was a descendant of the Vaux family, a prominent local family.

Centrally in the chancel is the brass memorial to Ralph Babington, rector of the parish 1515 to 1521, and dates from the latter year. It is one of only two such ecclesiastical brasses in the whole of Nottinghamshire and is important as a result. It consists of a depiction of Ralph in priestly robes with a scroll quotation in Latin from the bible at his head. This is surmounted by a rectangular plate outlining his descent and the work done to improve the church during his tenure. Above this again are two shields depicting the coats of arms of the Babyngton and Fitzherbert families.

Also in the chancel floor are two stone gravestones commemorating clergy of the parish, of early 18th century date.

The church is Listed Grade I.

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Monday, 30 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Detail 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century  14th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6919 2927 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.3892N 0:58.4325W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6919 2927
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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