Three great families dominated the village from the 12th century until the time of Henry VIII. A Sheriff of Lincoln, Philip de Kyme, founded a Priory of Augustinian Canons and a small part, the south aisle of its massive cross shaped Priory church, still survives as St Mary and All Saints and much of that was rebuilt in the early 19th century.
The Church is a high building with no traditional tower or spire. The great porch has a fine entrance arch under a niche with a worn sculpture of the Coronation of the Virgin. In the church there are fragments of stone in the north wall with knotwork and other ornament certainly carved by Saxons. A wall monument supported by figures of Time and Death is in memory of a Parish Clerk's son Marmaduke Dickinson. The chuch has pram and wheelchair access and car parking.