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Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 26 January 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 130104
OS Grid Reference: SP0792413881
OS Grid Coordinates: 407924, 213881
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8235, -1.8864
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YANWORTH YANWORTH VILLAGE
SP Ol SE
7/108 Church of St. Michael
Anglican parish church. C12, Transitional and C15. Ashlar, except
nave north wall which comprises a mixture of limestone rubble and
some dressed stone (suggesting this wall is earlier than the other
walls of the nave). Stone slate roofing to chancel and north
transept. Roof of nave not visible (probably leaded). Plan;
nave, with tower incorporated at west end, projecting south porch
and north transept, chancel. C12 moulded plinth to all parts.
Nave south wall; two-light stone-mullioned casement left of porch.
Tall 3-light hollow-chamfered stone-mullioned casement right of
porch. Transitional surround to C19 door within porch with keel-
moulded surround continued up over plain tympanum, chevron
mouldings in 2 plains over tympanum. Keel moulded engaged
columns either side of door with carved capitals showing
development towards stiff-stalk carving. C12 nail-head string
course at west end of nave, cut by Perpendicular 2-light window
with cinquefoil-headed lights and hood with square stops. Nave
north wall; small C12 round-headed window. Blocked C12 round-
headed doorway with hood left. C15 parapet with moulded capping to
nave. Gargoyles (mostly defaced) from string on north and south.
North transept; diagonal buttresses at corners. East and west
walls; C15 two-light hollow-chamfered window with trefoil-headed
lights and tracery within a rectangular surround with stopped hood.
North wall, single narrow round-headed C12 light with cinquefoil-
headed lights and stopped hood. Similar window in north wall of
chancel. C19 three-light pointed window with tracery at east end.
Perpendicular 2-light stone-mullioned window within casement-
moulded surround on south side. Pair of monuments in the form of
small metal plaques left. One to Thomas Bicknell, died 1750, one
to Elizabeth Bicknell wife of the former, died 1745, both within
simple dressed stone surround, projecting stone canopy over.
Gabled south porch with segmental-pointed arched entrance. Scratch
sundial with stone gnomon supported on stone corbel left of
entrance. Stone bench seats within porch. Stepped coping to gable
ends of chancel, and porch'with roll-cross saddles and upright
Interior; plastered, 4-bay nave. Transitional chancel arch of
c1200 with billeted hoodmould. Slightly later arch to transept
with 2 chamfered orders. C12 dentil mouldings on the left-hand
impost, fine carving of a woman's face below right-hand impost.
Scroll-moulded hood with stops. Tall narrow double-chamfered arch
from nave to tower. C19 roof to nave with braced tie beam
supported by probably C15 corbels, grotesque carved heads. C19
barrel roof to chancel with large square carved bosses and
brattished wall plate. Stone flag floors. Double aumbry in south
wall right of altar. Squint from south-east corner of transept.
Rear of blocked C12 north doorway visible in chancel north wall.
Furniture and fittings; C12 font with cable moulding around rim
and C20 base at base of tower. C19 pews. Upper part of cross with
pellet moulded margin on sill of west window in north transept.
Wall paintings; post-Reformation painting of skeleton,
representing Father Time with his scythe, right of tower arch. Two
layers of paintings superimposed on left of same arch. The lower
painting is possibly a painted consecration cross within a circle,
the upper an Edwardian or Early Elizabethan black-letter text in a
(David Verey, The Buildings of England; The Costwolds, 1979)
Listing NGR: SP0792413881
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