Holy Trinity Church, Messingham

Churchyard

The church is surrounded by a large churchyard which has been extended on the northern side. It remains open for burials and the burial of cremated remains.  Support for its upkeep by the local community is greatly appreciated but the maintenance of this area does present a significant challenge.

The parish registers, most of which are held in the Lincolnshire County archives, record burials since 1558 but earlier burials would no doubt have taken place.

The headstone inscriptions and decoration display a wealth of information about past members of our community and provide a well used resource for those researching family history, some visiting from considerable distance.

In 1989 a survey of the headstones was carried out by members of the Lincolnshire Family History Society. They created a document detailing the names on the headstones and approximate situation within the Churchyard. It is hoped that this resource can be further developed.

Commonwealth War Graves

We have four Commonwealth War Graves - click on the links for further information   

Private William Ingram Lockwood

Sergeant Frank Cottingham

Private Charles Wilmot

Private Cyril Norton

Further servicemen who are buried elsewhere are remembered on other family headstones.

Grade II Listed Tomb

The churchyard also contains a Grade II listed (1310302) table tomb, described by English Heritage as

“Table tomb to Thomas Raven, d.1797 and Margaret his wife, d.1801. Ashlar. Rectangular in plan. Inscribed slab with moulded border, supported on square corner pillars with panels between, on flat base. Corner pillars and sides have inscribed panelling.”

Wildflower trial

Messingham churchyard, like many others, is a potential haven for wildlife, mosses, lichens and flowers.

Did you know that since 1930 the UK has lost 97% of its flower rich grassland?

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust worked  with local communities to restore and recreate wildflower meadows in Lincolnshire through their Heritage Lottery Funded Meadow Network Project (2014 – 2017). The aim was to trial enhancement of areas of wildflower grassland for the benefit of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies as well as small mammals and other wildlife.

In 2016 we were invited by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to take part in this project by creating a small wildlife- friendly trial meadow in the churchyard.  

Our trial meadow was started in May 2016 and may take several years to establish. Click here to see further information on the variety of work included in the LWT Meadow Network project.

Over the winter of 2017 many plants were lost to the local rabbit population! – but by June 2017 there was evidence of new plants starting to grow .

The hot dry summer of 2018 presented more challenges. We are now optimistically looking forward to spring 2019.

Churchyard Gallery

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