is a civil parish
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in the district of East Lindsey
East Lindsey is a local government district in Lincolnshire, England. The council is based in Manby near Louth, and other major settlements in the district include Alford, Spilsby, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Horncastle and Chapel St Leonards....
in the county of Lincolnshire
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It comprises the village of South Elkington, and the hamlets of North Elkington, Boswell,and Thorpe. It is located north west of the town of Louth
Louth is a market town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.-Geography:Known as the "capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds", it is situated where the ancient trackway Barton Street crosses the River Lud, and has a total resident population of 15,930.The Greenwich...
The parish church is a grade II* listed building
dedicated to All Saints
All Saints' Day , often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown...
built using chalk
Chalk is a soft, white, porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. Calcite is calcium carbonate or CaCO3. It forms under reasonably deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite plates shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores....
Ironstone is a sedimentary rock, either deposited directly as a ferruginous sediment or created by chemical repacement, that contains a substantial proportion of an iron compound from which iron either can be or once was smelted commercially. This term is customarily restricted to hard coarsely...
, and limestone
Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate . Many limestones are composed from skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral or foraminifera....
and dating from the 13th century. The nave
In Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedral basilica and church architecture, the nave is the central approach to the high altar, the main body of the church. "Nave" was probably suggested by the keel shape of its vaulting...
was rebuilt in 1843, the chancel
In church architecture, the chancel is the space around the altar in the sanctuary at the liturgical east end of a traditional Christian church building...
in 1873, and it has a 15th-century font
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The base and part of the shaft of a scheduled stone cross are in the churchyard. The cross is medieval in date and is constructed of limestone.
The grade II listed former parish church [now closed] was dedicated to Saint Helen and built 1851-2 by S. S. Teulon in early english style. Built into both the side walls of the porch are 13th century coffin lid fragments. It has been sold and is now in private ownership
Boswell has a scheduled Bronze Age
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Bowl Barrow is the name for a type of burial mound or tumulus. A barrow is a mound of earth used to cover a tomb. The bowl barrow gets its name from the fact that it looks like an upturned bowl...
, , north of "Cocked Hat Plantation".
Thorpe Hall is in Thorpe hamlet, a grade II* listed Country House originally built in 1584 for Sir John Bolle, with 17th century
modifications, substantial 18th century enlargements and 19/20th century alterations. The house is set in grounds laid out by Gertrude Jekyll
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in 1906, and the terraces stonework from Sir Christopher Wren's church of St. Mildred in the Poultry.
Sir John Bolle fought at Cadiz
Cadiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the homonymous province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia....
in 1596 and there took captive a Spanish Lady which event became the subject of a ballad "The Spanish Lady's love for an Englishman" and was celebrated in a poem by Shenston "Love and Honour". His son, Sir Charles Bolle, was a Royalist. John Lewis Fytche, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's uncle, was resident here.
A 17th century Pigeoncote at Thorpe Hall is also grade II listed, as is the 18th century wrought iron gateway.