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Church Micro 7145... Swallowbeck

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Hidden : 01/18/2015
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Another addition ot this excellent series.

The present parish of St. George, Swallowbeck, was for the greater part, one time an integral part of the parish of St. Lawrence, Skellingthorpe

In October 1916, when the whole of the parish of Skellingthorpe was assessed as having a population "of 953 souls", a Mission Church was built with accommodation for approximately 200 persons.

The site of the mission church (known even in those days as St. George's) is only a hundred yards or so down Doddington Road from where the present building now stands. The mission Church was built by J. Parr, Newark Road, North Hykeham for a sum of £346, and, appropriately enough, the land was purchased for £200 from a certain Walter Church, the then secretary of the Swallowbeck Land Co. Ltd.

The mission Church grew and flourished until, in November, 1955, a letter from the Vicar of Skellingthorpe to the Diocesan Office referred to how small and uncomfortable the Church was for the number of people who attended, and requested consideration for the building of a new church. Then in January 1956, sounding like so many committee decisions, the PCC agreed to form a sub-committee to look into the matter of a site for the new Church. By June of the same year it was estimated that the cost of the new church would be between £15 and £20,000, and the sub-committee visited St. Mary's Church, Nottingham to see an exhibition of post-war churches. In 1957 the present site was purchased, and the Diocese indicated that they would provide a grant of £10,000 towards the building costs. I wonder how many of you actually read these cache descriptions, or are you just chasing around the countryside finding CMs? As a reward for reading this, please feel free to discover my personal trackable using the code C4X7YN. Be sure to say where you found the code- Thanks!

The year 1958 saw the start to the chain of events which eventually led to the construction of the present buildings. The Architects (Messrs Bond and Read of Grantham) were given the following guide as their approach to design:

Tenders for the construction were received by November 1958, and the Contract for the present building, built with permanent seating for 276 was awarded to E. Norman Ltd., 199 Lincoln Road, Branston. The actual construction of the Church took place during the years 1959 and 1960, the final cost being £22,451. The consecration took place on 21st May 1960.



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