Miss Charinton's Churches

Although Charlotte Charinton lived a modest and frugal life on London Road, her outstanding generosity in the building and restoration of local churches meant she was known well beyond South Holland. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer of 10 January 1888, for example, recorded her death, with an account of the churches that had benefited from her munificence.


Those churches are pictured here are as they are today.

From Andrew Inkley’s collection

Spalding, St Peter's

Built 1875-6, where Priory Road bends round towards the Crescent. (Chancel funded by Miss Charinton.) To the south was the Spalding Collegiate School for Young Ladies & Kindergarten, and five years later the newly built Johnson Hospital would open directly opposite. Demolished 1968 – to provide a carpark for the Spalding Rural District Council offices behind. When South Holland District Council was created in the local government reorganisation of 1974, the new council built its offices on the RDC’s carpark, and its own carpark by clearing the site of the former Young Ladies’ School, later the Avalon Wards adjunct to the Hospital.

Newton Press

Holbeach, All Saints 

Rebuilt in the 14th century and restored three times in the 19th. The stonework of the roof of the north porch is described by Pevsner as “delightfully lacy”, but of the two “not at all ecclesi- astical-looking” round towers that flank it, “nothing seems to be known”, he says.

Roger Smith

Spalding, St Pauls

Site, church, vicarage and school funded entirely by Miss Charinton, together with an endowment of £300 a year. She laid the foundation stone in 1877 (and was presented with a silver trowel) and the church opened in 1881. She also donated the church’s eight bells.

Mark Tuly

Fleet, St Mary Magdalen

14th century church, with its unusual detached steeple. Restored 1860-2. “The body of the church alas over-restored,” laments Pevsner. Now on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register

Ian Mann

Spalding, St Mary & St Nicolas

A wide and varied building of the 13th century and later. Restored 1865-7.

Mark Tuly

Gedney Hill, Holy Trinity

A 14th century church with an “exciting and unusual interior” (Pevsner), the nave arcades being supported on “massive octagonal wooden posts”. Only three or four like it in England. Struck by lightning in 1872. The major work required provided an opportunity for restoration (1875). Miss Charinton further donated a carved pulpit in memory of her father. Church now on the Historic England's Heritage at Risk register – condition ‘poor’

Ian Mann

Cowbit St Mary's

Early 15th century. 1882 restoration mainly financed by Miss Charinton.

Mark Tuly

Holbeach St John's, St Polycarp's

An acre of land donated for the building of this mission chapel.

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