Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreak SK 63 14
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St Botolophs, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreak, dates back to the early 14th century, although the bowl shaped Norman font may date from a century or two earlier. The tall crocketed spire is a later addition, and much of the church's internal furnishings date from restorations in the 19th century. Another fragment from the 14th century is a small stained glass window patterned in rich red and blue. In the chancel is the 14th century figure of a priest, his hands still joined in prayer though his features are almost worn away. In the nave is a 19th century monument of a boy who was killed by falling from his pony. One of the little-known band of scholars who worked on the translation of Authorised Version of the Bible was a worshipper at St Botolph's. Richard Kilbe, the brilliant son of humble parents, was Professor of Hebrew at Oxford.
  Picture Source Copyright Peter Buttle

Updated 14 April 2002

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