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Church of St Michael Archangel, Highclere

Description: Church of St Michael Archangel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 May 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 138129

OS Grid Reference: SU4401760298
OS Grid Coordinates: 444017, 160298
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3401, -1.3695

Location: Highclere, Hampshire RG20 9RG

Locality: Highclere
Local Authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG20 9RG

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Listing Text

16.5.66 Church of St Michael
(formerly listed as
Church of St Michael
and All Angels


1870, by George Gilbert Scott, RA. Built to replace the earlier church of 1692,
itself on the medieval site next to Highclere Castle. Chancel of 2 bays, nave of 3 bays with a south aisle, (later) porch on the north side, and tower north of the chancel; the style is Early English with plate tracery. Steep tile roofing, with scalloped bands above the chancel. Walling of flint with stone dressings; stepped coupled buttresses at the corners, plain eaves, cill band to chancel and west wall, generally coupled lancet windows, some with quatrefoils, some with hoodmoulds. The east gable has a wheel window above an elaborate blind arcade, the west gable has a circular opening above 2 tall lancets. The tower has a shingled broach spire, a bell stage of triple lancets, with coupled stepped buttresses below this level, at each corner. The interior is plain, with pointed and moulded arches, Early English caps to the 2 octagonal columns, and detached columns to the arcaded interiors of the chancel windows. There are several monuments from the old church; an elaborate Jacobean Tomb (of Richard Kingsmill) with a recumbent effigy, kneelers, and lettered panels enclosed in a Corinthian Order. In the chancel, the monument of Robert Sawyer (1692) has a classical framework of black and mottled white marble, with Corinthian pilasters, swags enclosing a pedestal, a sarcophagus base, with floral ornament and an urn at the
top. A wall monument to the Bishop of Waterford (1773) has a figure by Roubiliac. There are 2 oval wall plaques to William (1799) and Mary (1783) Coleman, and other classical wall monuments (2 of 1720, one of 1740, 1915 and 1933).

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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