St Mary and All Saints
South Kyme


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South Kyme lies offf the beaten track.

Three great families dominated the village from the 12th century until the time of Henry VIIi.

A Sherrif of Lincoln, Philip de Kyme founded a Priory of Austin Canons and a small part of its massive cross shaped church still survives.

All that remains is the church, St Mary and All Saints and much of that was rebuilt in the early 19th century.

The Church is a high building with no traditional tower or spire. The great porch has a fine entrance arch under a niche with a worn sculpture of the Coronation of the Virgin.

Much older than all else in the church there are fragments of stone in the north wall with knotwork and other ornament certainly carved by Saxons.

A wall monument supported by figures of Time and Death is in memory of a Parish Clerk's son who after being apprenticed to a tailor wnet to London and made his fortune. After his death in 1711, the poorfolk of his native village had much to thank him for and praise the name of Marmeduke Dickinson.

When the church was restored in 1805 the familiy vault of the Tailboys was uncovered. Inside coffins of a man and threechildren were discovered surprisingly one coffin had been filled with spirit which had preserved the childs body intact.

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