Firstly, it is one of the Churches Conservation Trust churches that I am tracking down as part of my Fifty before Fifty challenge. Secondly, it is the only remaining building of a lost medieval village and thirdly there is a possible Knights Templar link here.
The church is in a tiny modern hamlet now but was once at the heart of a medieval village long deserted. All that remains is evidence of a moated enclosure, a few lumps and bumps and the church.
But a new hamlet is now springing up around this church. To the left of the picture you can see the gates of an extremely large and modern house, to the right of this photo is an older, but still modern home.
Doing a little bit of research before writing this, I discovered a link to an article written in a 1932 edition of Notes and Queries which pointed out that the name Buslingthorpe uses exactly half the letters of the alphabet. Mr H Askew wondered if that was unique … I failed to discover whether it was or not, it’s just another one of those quirky little facts that I love so much.
Travelling around Lincolnshire looking for churches I became very impressed with Lincolnshire county council which had, in many places, erected an information board for general perusal. This told me, among other things, that medieval Buslingthorpe had been planned on a geometric layout and had even included a medieval T-junction.
Anyway, back to the church. It was built in the 13th century and altered over the years. In 1835 all except the tower was rebuilt in brick and it is pretty unassuming from the outside (and inside to be honest). But it houses a couple a lovely items.
This is one of the oldest military brasses in the country. Dating from the 14th century, it shows a knight in chain mail with his hands clasped together holding a heart.
Now the reason I said there maybe Templars in this chapel is this effigy.
He is in his chain mail and his legs are crossed. There is a school of thought which says that the crossing of the legs on a knight’s effigy indicates he was a Templar who took part in the crusades.
In fact, this theory goes on to say that legs crossed at the ankles indicate participation in one crusade, crossing at the knees is an indication of two crusades and crossing at the thigh of three.
If that theory is true, young Mr de Buslingthorpe here obviously took part in two crusades. The thing is, scholars still appear to be arguing over this point so I have no idea whether it is true or not.
I like the story though :)