July 3, 2010
St Mary's Church at Tetford.
We continue our description of our visit to Lincolnshire with stops in two villages that have played a role in the history of our family. George Stephenson, the husband of Elizabeth Would Stephenson is reported to have died in Tetford. As was mentioned in earlier posts, why George was not with his family or what he was doing is unknown. We did not find a gravestone for him in the cemetery at Tetford.
Although there has been a church at Tetford for some 900 years, St Mary’s church dates from the 14th century. The tower is from the 15th century and contains three bells. The door on the south wall is very old and may be original.
St Andrew's church at Fulletby.
Elizabeth Would’s mother was Susanna Panton who came from Fulletby. We were unable to find any Panton graves in Fulletby that we could identify as our line. This warrants another trip to further explore Fulletby.
An interesting booklet describing the church of St Andrew in Fulletby, written by Florence L. Baker, states that the church was in existence as early as 1086 and is recorded in the Doomsday Book by William the Conqueror. At that time, the village had a priest. Over the years, the church has been repaired and renovated. A heating system was installed in 1887.
The grounds of the church are covered in small daisy wildflowers that grow among the gravestones. Paths have been mowed among the daisies to give access, but we did not search because it would have meant trampling the flowers.
Stained glass window in St Andrew's Church in Fulletby.
St Andrew's Church of Fulletby.
Daisies in the graveyard of St Andrew's of Fulletby.
St Mary's Church of Tetford.
City limits of Tetford.