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Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 21 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 121938
OS Grid Reference: TL6423435355
OS Grid Coordinates: 564234, 235355
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9924, 0.3906
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GREAT SAMPFORD HIGH STREET
Church of St Michael
TL 6435 40/330 21.2.67
Mainly C14 flint and stone rubble church with stone dressings. The south chapel
is late Cl3 and was the transept of a former church. The church is said to
have been built by the Knights Hospitallers. The north arcade of the nave
and the north aisle are circa 1320-30, the chancel circa 1340, the south aisle,
south porch and west tower circa 1350. The parapet to the south aisle is C15
and the interior staircase to the tower is C16. The west tower has angle
buttresses and a castellated parapet. The windows of the chancel have fine
tracery, particularly the large 5-light east window. On the interior the chancel
has stone arcades with clustered columns and cusped pointed arches mounted
above stone benches. On the north wall there are 11 bays and on the south
wall 15 bays. Each is said to have seated one of the Knights Hospitallers.
The arch from the south aisle into the chapel has very fine stone carving with
foliage, a cowled head, animals and birds. In the south wall of the chapel
there is a C14 tomb recess with crocketted gables. The stone font has a C14
traceried stem and a C15 plain bowl. There is also a C16 oak cupboard. The
church forms the focal point of the village. Graded for its architectural,
historical and topographical value. (RCHM 1).
Listing NGR: TL6423435355
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Source: English Heritage
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