Nope. This is a medieval village. At least it was.
Depending on what period of history you are looking at, in a different time zone you may have seen a Roman settlement here … or an Anglo Saxon hall with a ditch and ramparts with a village of more than 30 crofts, or a motte and bailey castle.
This was once a thriving community, one of around 20 in the surrounding area. By the end of the medieval period, all were deserted.
All that remains of the village of Goltho today is this tiny church in its graveyard in the middle of a farmer’s field in Lincolnshire.
Goltho apparently means ‘place where the marigolds grow’. Now it’s surrounded by rapeseed.
I’m not sure whether anyone reading this has ever played Xbox games, but to me, if you gave this a church a coat of whitewash it would look just like the Mexican chapels in Red Dead Redemption :) … but, as usual, I digress.
The red brick building you see now is Tudor, at least the nave is, the bell tower is a Victorian edition. But there are remains of tombstones set into the floor that are 13th century and archaeological evidence of a much earlier chapel.
I loved the fresh simplicity of this place.
I also very much like the balconies you see in little places like this. It’s like sitting in the gods in a theatre and you can imagine peering down at the preacher while he delivers his sermon :). We go and have a sit down when we come across a balcony like this. Just like we go and stand in the pulpit just to see what the view is like there.
In the graveyard is this memorial to Lieutenant John Bailey Mawer a member of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry Royal Flying Corps who died in 1918 in Greenwich. Google him and you can quickly discover he was a farmer, and the son of a farmer, from this area of Lincolnshire. He emigrated to Australia in 1911 and returned in 1913. I wonder why? When he died, apparently from natural causes, he left £300 in his will to his dad. It’s amazing what you can find on the internet.
But, if the village that St George’s Church served became redundant at the end of the medieval era, and 20 villages in the area also deserted at the same time, why did someone build the belltower in Victorian times? Why is Lieut Mawer buried in this remote field? And where is the community this church served until it was declared redundant and handed over to the CCT?
Mysteries :) I do like to have questions to find answers to.