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Folkingham,  Lincolnshire

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Notes in italics from Lincolnshire by Nikolaus Pevsner, John Harris, Nicholas Antram (2002)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London



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St Andrew. Ashlar-faced, except for the oolite rubble-stone chancel. Fine tall Perp four-stage W tower. ... Two decorated friezes, decorated battlements, and sixteen pinnacles ...


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The centre of the village is an exceptionally spacious square or green ... In the middle of the N side and dominating the square the Greyhound Inn, of brick, three-storeyed with parapet. Mid C17, refronted in the early C18 and front altered in late C18: five spacious bays, and in the middle the stone-lined former archway in. On the r. an assembly room was added. It is marked by the Venetian window. ... The houses flanking the square are of brick or, more often, of stone. Nice doorcases. Several houses, including the Greyhound, have characteristic moustache-shaped window lintels. They must be the invention of a local builder, and recur throughout the SW corner of the county. A group of houses on the W side of the square have mansard roofs, i.e. they are mid to late Georgian. On the E side, altered C17 and early C18 houses. 


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In the Billingborough Road the remains of the former House of Corrections. It is dated 1825, and is by Bryan Browning ... What is preserved is the gatehouse-cum-governor's house, an emphatic, apotropaic composition, stone-faced, of three bays. The centre is a deeply chamfered niche leading to a tunnel-vaulted entry at the end of which is a much smaller doorway. The arched side windows blank except for the top lunettes. The sides and back are brick, and there were of course more buildings. ...  

 

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