North Kesteven District
Postal Code: LN5 0RH
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Beckingham is situated about 6 miles East of Newark (Notts) in the county of Lincolnshire, just off the A17 between Newark and Sleaford and near the Nottinghamshire border. Nottinghamshire also has a village called Beckingham and the church there is also All Saints!
The village dates back to Roman times, although not mentioned in the Doomsday book, the settlement of Holme is mentioned, (now Holme Spinney) the boundaries of which included Beckingham, Fenton and Stragglethorpe.
All Saints Beckingham, a Grade 1 listed building, is a medieval church, parts of which can be dated back to Saxon or early Norman times. The nave and chancel are 14th century with slender pillars and some fine stone carving; the north door is Norman and was probably incorporated from an earlier building on the site. The tower is somewhat later; it is likely that it was added in the 15th century. Major alterations to the chancel, organ chamber/vestry and clerestory were undertaken in the 1880's.
All Saints has suffered from degradation by the weather and past neglect. It was closed in 1998 and almost declared redundant.
There is a link with St. Barnabas Church, Mount Shasta, California part of the Episcopal Church of the USA. A group of members of St. Barnabas visited in May 2011.
[text by Geoffrey Gillon]