Church burnt to ground by fire
A disused church in Goltho, near Wragby, has been burnt to the ground following a fire in the early hours of this morning.
Four fire crews from Wragby, Market Rasen and Lincoln were called at 5.45am to St George's Church.
They extinguished the fire within an hour using two main jets.
Martin Gray, station manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: "It was a brick church but now it has been totally destroyed by the fire.
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"There is just a brick wall still standing now."
The church measured approximately five metres by 20 metres and was used for filming "Moll Flanders".
Victor Nash, chairman of Wragby Heritage Group, said he visited the site this morning but did not get close enough to see the church as he did not want to disrupt the emergency services.
He said: “The nature of the ground is very soggy so the fire engines couldn’t get too close to it.
“It was still smoking but as far as could see the fire was out.
“There’s no roof left and the inside appears to be gutted. I was told it was just a shell.
“It’s quite an iconic church and the people I’ve spoken to are shocked.
“They’re devastated because it’s such a landmark.”
The name "Goltho" is believed to be Saxon for "where the marigolds grow."
The Churches Conservation Trust, which maintains the building, tweeted their reaction this morning:
We are in shock about the fire at beautiful St George's, Goltho we're currently working with @LincsFireRescue to establish what has happened
— The CCT (@TheCCT) October 21, 2013
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