Greetham, St Mary
The pretty Grade I listed church of St Mary dates from the C12th to C15th. The tower and chancel are C13th while the north arcade was added in C14th at the same time as the chancel arch and clerestory. The pulpit is Jacobean.
The sanctuary has some fine C17th wooden carved panelling showing Biblical scenes. One panel shows Adam and Eve driven from the Garden of Eden by an angel, while the serpent looks on. Other panels depict the dove returning to Noah, the heads of saints, the Golden Calf, and Daniel in the lion’s den.
The church was restored by JA Cossins in 1897.
Bat surveys carried out in 2021 revealed that St Mary's is home to a small maternity colony of Natterer's bats which roost in the south aisle roof. A small number of common pipistrelles roost in the chancel and elsewhere. The bats are accessing and exiting via a gap above the main door.
A possible solution is to install a bat loft above the main door in the south porch to provide an alternative roosting area.