I find myself writing this blog in Lincolnshire, a place we often visit as a family, and somewhere that my own family hails from in the dim and distant past. While I’ve been aware of this association in my family history since I first started researching my family history in 2001, it was only last year that I actually found myself with the time to spare and in the right place to be able to visit the church at Tallington.

Font in monochrome

And while looking through some of my research this morning I discovered that it’s 356 years ago today that my 8th great uncle – also called John Rosling – was christened at St Lawrence of Rome’s church at Tallington. Quite strange to imagine my ancestors, Hugh and Anne Rosling, standing at the 13th century font pictured here and celebrating the christening of their eldest son.

Actually this is not strictly true.

England was still using the Julian calendar in 1663 and would not convert to the (present) Gregorian calendar until 1752 so the dates do not tally precisely. Therefore, the proper anniversary, in the new calendar would be on May 6th.

However, the April 26th date makes for a nice coincidence this morning!

Incidentally, this is not the first name in my family history to occur in the annals of Tallington’s history. The furthest back I have gone is the marriage of Thomas Rosling to Dorothie Gibbons in early November 1600 and no doubt his son, Hugh, was christened and married there also. I wonder if there is a history further back  in time with the church but it’s hard to determine as the records draw a blank before about 1600.

Certainly, the family were resident in the general area in an around Tallington – there are records of later descendants of Thomas resident and worshiping in Bourne and Corby, which are not too far away.

I’ve quite a few photographs of St Lawrence’s at Tallington as well as some aerial footage I took with a drone but I’ve done little research into the church’s history as yet. No doubt I’ll revisit sometime this summer and post will follow.