to the historic Lincolnshire village of Irnham and the neighbouring
hamlets of Bulby and Hawthorpe (population 206). In medieval times, the
squire of Irnham, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (1276 - 1345), commissioned an
illuminated Psalter as a devotional book and also as a visual record of
his life and that of the ordinary folk on his estates. Now known as The
Luttrell Psalter, it is one of the greatest manuscripts held in The
village deserves commendation. Its sequestered position adds to its
delight. It is of grey stone, enlivened by much leafage, with a
sprinkling of vernacular estate cottages.” So wrote Sir Nikolaus
Pevsner, the famous art historian.
is still arranged as our medieval ancestors would have understood. The
ancient Saint. Andrew’s church dominates the top of a small tree-covered
hill; to its south-side is Irnham Hall and, beyond, two of the original
three fishponds that would once have been reserved for the squire, the
priest and villagers. Clustered around the base of the church’s hill
are cottages and a few larger homes.
quintessentially English atmosphere continues to delight; in 2004, we
won the Best Village in the East Midlands award. This was partly due to
the sympathetic way alterations and additions have been made. Over the
past few years, an unsightly array of primarily corrugated-iron farm
buildings has been removed and new homes – all in local stone and to
traditional designs – have been constructed.
Hawthorpe are equally picturesque with meandering streams and chickens
clucking at the roadside. We hope you will enjoy our website and
perhaps visit the Parish.
If you are planning a wedding or other event in Irnham, please visit Irnham Hall Events
The late Simon Benton Jones Bt.
Website by R. J .Chadder & C. Leggatt