Fishtoft

A vegetable village near Boston, and near the sea bank of the Wash. A tree-surrounded rectory, and a distant scatter of farmhouses. The smooth-stone church has plain west tower and some clear-glassed windows to the aisles: others are drearily glazed. Spacious, but scraped with dark pointing. But as a landscape feature, among elms and fields, it is proper mediaeval, marshland architecture.

Henry Thorold and Jack Yates, Lincolnshire: A Shell Guide (1965)

The elms photographed by John Piper in the 1960s to accompany this text have gone, victims of Dutch Elm disease and the church looks less dramatic today than it did.

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