South Kesteven District
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At the time of Domesday, the record of a statistical survey of England made by William the Conqueror in 1085-7, Belton is recorded as having a Church, tree mills and 40 acres of meadowland. The manor passed from the Norman nobility of the Abbey of St. Mary, York, who presented master Robert de Lesia, sub-deacon, to the church of Belton, on 20th December 1230. In 1394 the abbey leased it to Thomas Alger, Chaplain to Sir John Hussy, and Henry Peers, and again in 1477 to Sir William Porter, Baronet of Belton. St Mary's was dissolved in 1546, when Augustine Porter grandson of Sir William, purchased the manor and the advowson of the rectory from the Crown. Catherine, daughter of Augustine, married Sir Robert Waterton, "Master of the Horse and Armour" to King Henry the eighth, 1534. They changed hands again in the 1590's when Robert Pakenham, Robert's son, built the manor house that stood on the site of the Orangery to the west of the church. This was demolished in the 1680's and was used as a quarry for the new house. All that now remains of it are the gate piers on the north wall by the Orangery.
The church has features from the Norman, late meddieval, Georgian and Victorian periods. The earlist is the north arcade, with its massive central pier, decorated with the form of incised lozenges to be found in Norman cathedrals such as Durham. The lower part of the west tower is also Norman circa 1200.