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Description: Church of St Michael and Angels
Date Listed: 10 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 132305
OS Grid Reference: SO7827105767
OS Grid Coordinates: 378271, 205767
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7502, -2.3161
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13/46 Church of St. Michael and
Anglican parish church. C14, dedicated 1340 to St. Mary, known as
St. Michael's from C18, probably on site of earlier church. Nave
rebuilt c1500 and south aisle added in early C16 by Duke of
Buckingham, north porch 1652, C19 vestry; restored 1851, including
lengthening of chancel, and 1885. Ashlar, stone slate roof with
coped verges and saddlestones with cross finials. West tower, nave
and clerestory with south aisle running whole length, north porch
and north transeptal organ chamber, chancel and small north vestry.
Tower of 3 stages with string courses, clasped buttresses up to
first string course, embattled parapet with square stair tower
projecting above height of parapet on north side surmounted by
weathercock said to be C16; small 2-light trefoils with quatrefoil
over to each face of top stage, glazed to south and rest louvred
for belfry; small single lights on middle stage; lowest stage has
3-light west window with reticulated tracery. South aisle and
clerestory windows Perpendicular and mostly 3-light, and four-
centred archway with square hoodmould and enriched spandrels with
carved letters SB for Stafford and Buckingham, and 3-light east
window with complicated Perpendicular tracery and square hoodmould
with angels and shields on stops. Restored 3-light chancel east
window with arched hoodmould, and carved memorial tablet adjoining
with cherub's heads and swag and illegible slate inscription panel,
probably of early/mid C18. Two 3-light Perpendicular windows
between north porch and transept, forming virtually single windows
for nave and clerestory, with transom marking change in level.
Gabled north porch with chamfered rounded archway.
Interior: Six-bay nave arcade to south with octagonal piers, 2 to
east having been restored in 1885 when elaborate semi-pyramidal
painted compartmented choir, ceiling, pulpit, stone choir screen,
lectern and pews were inserted. Chancel ceiling also painted, rest
plain. Norman tub font to south west. Many good marble monuments
and floor brasses to Stephens family, early lords of the Manor,
including large altar tomb near font with recumbent figures of
Edward Stephens (died 1587) and wife, with very small heads.
(VCH, Gloucestershire, Vol X, 1972; David Verey, The Buildings of
England - Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of Dean, 1980)
Listing NGR: SO7827105767
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Source: English Heritage
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