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Church of St Michael, Southampton

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 135919

OS Grid Reference: SU4192711291
OS Grid Coordinates: 441927, 111291
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8996, -1.4051

Location: 45 Castle Way, Southampton SO14 2AD

Locality: Southampton
County: Southampton
Country: England
Postcode: SO14 2AD

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There is also a scheduled monument, Vault at corner of St Michael's Square and West Street, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

Church of St Michael
(formerly listed as
St Michael's Church)
SU 4111 3/227 14.7.53


This is the only mediaeval parish church remaining intact in central Southampton
It dates from circa 1070 when Norman immigrants were settling in this quarter
of the town and further work was done in the C12, C13, C14, C15, 1828 and
1872. It was the civic church of Southampton until 1835. Built of ashlar.
Base of central tower circa 1070 rest of tower late mediaeval. Nave west
wall is Norman but the west was rebuilt in the C14 to C15. North and south
aisles and chapels rebuilt and widened in late C14-C15 windows of various
dates but mainly C14 to C15. The steeple was added in 1732 as a landmark
for shipping. 1828-9 galleries were inserted to design of Francis Goodwin
and the aisles were heightened, the north aisle extended, the mediaeval nave
arcades replaced and new low-pitched roofs constructed. The galleries were
later removed in 1872. Two C13 trefoiled piscinas, one in the north chapel
and one against the north wall of the tower. Very fine black Tournai marble
font of circa 1170 similar to that in Winchester Cathedral. Two mediaeval
lecterns, one early C15 Flemish rescued from Holy Rood Church the other late
C15. Tomb with effigy to Chief Justice Sir Richard Lyster (died 1553) who
lived nearby at Tudor House, Bugle Street (qv). C18 and C19 tablets.
Underneath the church in the north-west corner is a late mediaeval vault which
is a scheduled ancient monument.

Listing NGR: SU4190511270

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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