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Saturday, November 30, 2002

Well I never been to England

This is something you don't see everyday. A very old church in Swanton Morley, Norfolk County, England, is in dire need of repairs. That doesn't seem so unusual. What is different, is that they're looking to Central Illinois and fans of Abraham Lincoln for financial help to make the repairs. All Saints Parish Church, built between 1345 and 1390 in the later perpendicular style, has connections to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States (SJ-R: English church reaches out to Lincoln land):

Lincoln's English ancestry is most often associated with the nearby Norfolk village of Hingham, from where Lincoln's great-great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel Lincoln, a 15-year-old weaver's apprentice, departed for the New World on the ship John & Dorothy in 1637.

But the Lincoln connection with Swanton Morley - perhaps best known in the United States as the site of a U.S. Army Air Force airfield during World War II - goes back two generations further, to Samuel Lincoln's grandfather, Richard Lincoln.

I did some looking, but it doesn't appear that All Saints has a web site. If anyone is reading this that might have a photo or additional information, I'd love to hear from you.

I did find where Glenn Carter of the British Society of Master Glass Painters did work on some of the church windows in 1990. Someone has written a little blurb about Swanton Morley. The Parish Church of St. Mary, Ayston, is shown as an example of the later perpendicular style.

Anyway, if you're interested in preserving history and architecture, and you have a little extra money, and you're a fan of Lincoln, the SJ-R article has specific instructions on how to make a donation.

Posted by Marie at November 30, 2002 8:00 PM