In the reign of King Steven a Priory of Cistercian nuns, founded by Lucy, relict of Ivo Taibois, existed in the parish. In 1850, a stone coffin and the fragments of another, were discovered on the Abbey farm. Only a few mounds remain to indicate the location of the Abbey.
The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
The church was rebuilt in 1831 from local stone, reputedly many from the ruins of the local Abbey.
In 1864 the church chancel was enlarged.
The church seats 156.
There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
Here is a photo of St. Peter's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
Stixwould is both a village and a parish. The parish lies about seven miles WSW of Horncastle and about 125 miles north of London. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Horsington parish, to the west by Blankney and on the southeast by Woodhall. The parish is in the western edge of The Wolds and covers about 2,300 acres. The River Witham forms the south-west boundery.
The ancient village of Stixwould lies about a mile east of the River Witham on a rise above the river. A small stream runs just north of the village, feeding into the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:
It is probably easiest to take the B1190 west out of Horncastle and to turn south at Bucknall.
The Manor at Stixwould was the property of Sir William KYTE, a baronet, who squandered away his fortune. He sold Stixwould manor to Lord ANSON a year before burning himself to death in his Cotswold hills mansion. The TURNOR family bought it in the 1800's. Christopher TURNOR rebuilt many of the houses in the village, along with the village school, in the first half of the 1800's.
The name derives from a combination of the Old Scandinavian and Old English Stigr+wald, meaning "Stigr's forest". It appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Stigeswalde. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]