North Kyme Village

A History of ST Luke's Church

ST Luke's church in North Kyme is quite unusual as far as English village churches go.  The main reason for this being that the church was designed and born one morning by five local men sitting around a table in the Plough Inn.  The date, 23rd April 1872.


North Kyme has had a long history of worship, stretching back to the 14th century, a monastery once stood at the high point of Kyme, just adjacent (across the road) to where Vacherie House is situated. Indeed the house was built from stone taken from the ruins of the monastery.   In a excerpt from the county records, in 1805 there were two churches, one in North Kyme and one in South Kyme. One vicar presided over both. Very little is known about the original church.  Since the demolition? of the church North Kyme parishioners had to rely on neighbouring South Kyme reserving a portion of their pews at St Mary & All Saints Church.

On a Tuesday morning on 23rd April 1872 a meeting of five men was called at the Plough Inn

Those men:

Edward Jackson                The Vacherie

Samuel Coulson                Ferry Farm

Mr Forman                        Langrick

Mr Watson                        The Plough Inn

Rev Edward Garvey           Priest


The resolution of this meeting:

"It was resolved that a committee be appointed to take into consideration the building of a church in the village of North Kyme"

The reason for the need of a church was stated in a circular signed by  Mr. Edward Jackson (chairman) and the Reverend E. Garvey (secretary)

The building of the new church "Was in order to provide a home in which the family of god may meet together to worship"

Edward Jackson purchased from his own purse a piece of land at the edge of the village on which to build the church.  A little later a more suitable, central plot of land became available for purchase.  This was bought by Samuel Coulson.  It was decided between  Samuel and Edward to use the central plot of land.  Edward sold his plot and donated the proceeds to start the build fund for the church.

By The end of the first year, 1873, £700 had been raised by personal subscriptions.  In 1874 the committee decided to accept a tender for the build from a firm of builders from Lincoln, the price £644.  Everything seemed to be in place but before the secretary had sent the building firm an acceptance for the quote a letter was received from the ecclesiastical commission demanding alterations to the plans that would add considerable expense to the build.  The start date had to be postponed until more money was raised to incorporate the changes that the commission had requested.

The Reverend E. Garvey made many appeals and applied for numerous grants to to help raise the extra money needed to cover the costs of the alterations.  Despite huge efforts, a year later the funds for the build had only increased by £100.  Undeterred the committee invited further estimates for the build, but instead of more competitive quotes coming in around the £700 mark the estimates ran from £1,100 to £1,500.  This gives us and idea of how substantial the changes were that the ecclesiastical commission had asked for.

Another year passed before a contract was signed with builder Mr Knight of Martin for the price of £1,160.  The contract was signed in June 1876.  The fabric of the build was completed in March 1877 and Mr Night the builder was paid an instalment of  £700.

The church still had to be furnished.  Mr Jackson from the Vacherie who had already put a lot of time and effort into the building of the church donated the stained glass window that is housed in the east wall.  A harmonium was found in Boston for £28, the committee had the choice of paying for the "superior" instrument either with cash or in three annual instalments of £11.  It was decided to pay cash.  The rest of the furnishings were donated by local people or friends of the church from outside the village.

On Thursday June 7th 1877 Saint Luke's Church North Kyme was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln

It is recorded that on the day of the first service that so many worshippers turned up that the majority of people had to be content to stand outside in the grounds.

Now that the church was built the committee's job was still not at an end, as though it was now open for worship all the bills had not yet been paid and the funds had to be raised to cover these bills.  The committee had to borrow £240 at an interest rate of  4%.  This loan was not repaid until 1883 six years after the consecration.  A letter from the Honourable E,G. Finch-Hatton along with a cheque for £66.8.0 is minuted in the committee's books to have paid off the outstanding amount owed on this loan.




The first person to be buried in the church yard was ironically Edward Jackson of  the Vacherie.  He died in September 1880 and had been instrumental in seeing the church project through to completion.  Six months later Mr. Forman died and then after all the debts owed had been paid Edward Garvey (the vicar of Kyme) also passed away.


The church has been steadily improved over the years and due to the generosity of worshippers we have seen the supply of electricity, a new pipe organ, oak panels to either side of the alter, communion rails, alter carpet and oil fired central heating.  1977 saw a major refurbishment of the church including a new screen to the rear, extensive new carpeting to the chancel and the rear area of the knave together with  complete decoration of the ceiling walls and windows.


Listed grade 2


Parish church. 1877, designed by Drury and Mortimer. Red brick with ashlar

dressings. Welsh slate roof, tumbled gables and chamfered brick plinth. Wave,

chancel and south porch. West front has a single, central buttress, flanked by

pointed arch windows with recessed ashlar surrounds and tracery both 2 lights with

a quatrefoil. The gable is topped by an octagonal wooden louvered bellcote with

small octagonal spire, the whole supported by the central buttress. The north

nave wall has 4 tall pointed arch lancets, and the chancel has 2 smaller lancets

with recessed ashlar surrounds and tracery.


The chancel east wall has a large pointed arch window, with recessed ashlar surround and tracery, 3 lights topped by 2 quatrefoils and a large central trefoil. The south chancel wall has 2 small lancets with recessed ashlar surrounds and tracery, the nave has 3 tall lancets, and beyond a projecting gabled porch, with pointed archway with double chamfered surround and ashlar impost blocks. Interior not inspected.

Listing NGR: TF1531952705


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