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Church burnt to ground by fire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

St George's Church, at Goltho, near Wragby

St George's Church, at Goltho, near Wragby. Picture: Pauline Loven

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A disused church in Goltho, near Wragby, has been burnt to the ground following a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Four fire crews from Wragby, Market Rasen and Lincoln were called at 5.45am to St George's Church.

They extinguished the fire within an hour using two main jets.

Martin Gray, station manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: "It was a brick church but now it has been totally destroyed by the fire.

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"There is just a brick wall still standing now."

Click here for a gallery of Goltho Church

The church measured approximately five metres by 20 metres and was used for filming "Moll Flanders".

Victor Nash, chairman of Wragby Heritage Group, said he visited the site this morning but did not get close enough to see the church as he did not want to disrupt the emergency services.

He said: “The nature of the ground is very soggy so the fire engines couldn’t get too close to it.

“It was still smoking but as far as could see the fire was out.

“There’s no roof left and the inside appears to be gutted. I was told it was just a shell.

“It’s quite an iconic church and the people I’ve spoken to are shocked.

“They’re devastated because it’s such a landmark.”

The name "Goltho" is believed to be Saxon for "where the marigolds grow."

The Churches Conservation Trust, which maintains the building, tweeted their reaction this morning:

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  • myrustyspring  |  October 21 2013, 8:58PM

    Absolutely horrified by the news but more upset for the memory of Harry and his hard work selflessly saving this unique and irreplaceable church and for this to happen. I expect that in the area only a hand full of people knew what an important building this was but now it gone and Goltho just got even smaller.

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  • Armyoldsweat  |  October 21 2013, 7:54PM

    Goltho St. George's 'disused…iconic church…devastated... because it's such a landmark…we are in shock about the beautiful…' Words, words, words! Apart from 'rubbish' it's hard to think of a polite comment. 'Rubbish' in the sense of Church Commissioners, The Churches Conservation Trust or others in allowing it. Interesting to learn when last used as a place of worship and what, if anything has been done since? Probably little or nothing other than ignore or shift the responsibility. Please don't tell me the Church could not have been sold. A similar building has recently been purchased in Derbyshire complete with a cemetery for domestic restoration; the new occupant maintaining the small churchyard. In 1983 my wife and I purchased an old church derelict for 47 years though visitors to the area today still believe is a place of worship. Coincidentally, it's less than a month since Lincolnshire Anglican Churches Archive office knew of its existence. So then, what's the excuse for Goltho's St George demise?

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  • rascall271  |  October 21 2013, 3:33PM

    If it is insured and the insurers say it was a act of god, Will the church challenge that verdict i wonder, now there is a test of faith !!!

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  • MrAWG45  |  October 21 2013, 11:44AM

    This is very sad, I was just there in the summer, walking the dog and taking photos.

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