Spilsby Church, Lincolnshire

The Church at Spilsby is largely Victorian today, but it dates to 1302 when Sir Robert Willoughby founded a College of Priests here for whom he built the Trinity Chapel which is today the oldest part of the Church. The Willoughbys lived in the village for centuries from the Norman Conquest right through the reign of Elizabeth I and many of their tombs are in the Willoughby Chapel.

Another famed family of Spilsby were the Franklins, the most famous of whom, Sir John Franklin fought at Trafalgar and perished looking for the fabled North-West Passage. The Church organ was built by William Hill, a famed organ builder who was born in Spilsby.

Around 1879 almost the entirety of the Church was rebuilt, albeit in fairly subtle style so the majority of what you see today is Victorian work.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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