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Church of St Michael, Abberley

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 152235

OS Grid Reference: SO7535067869
OS Grid Coordinates: 375350, 267869
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3084, -2.3630

Location: Abberley, Worcestershire WR6 6BN

Locality: Abberley
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR6 6BN

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Listing Text


3/9 Church of St Michael



Former parish church and chancel still used for services, nave unroofed and
in ruins. C12, altered and extended C13, altered C14 and C15; chancel and
south chapel repaired 1908. Coursed rubble, the chancel and south chapel have
a plain tiled roof, brick repairs to upper part of chancel. Consists of west
tower, nave and south aisle, chancel and south chapel. The nave, tower (both
C12) and south aisle (c1260) walls are approximately 4 feet high and are capped
with a thick layer of concrete; stumps of C14 buttresses and C19 flying
buttresses outside north wall. Reset in the south aisle wall is the C12
south doorway, now badly eroded due to poor pointing: semi-circular arch of
2 moulded orders, plain tympanum with segmental intrados and chevron border
and 2 engaged shafts in the jambs. Inside the south door is a trefoil headed
piscina. The C12 north door is now inset within the blocking of the chancel
arch: also badly eroded with a single order of colonnettes, eroded captials
and zig-zag enriched arch. Fragments of east respond of late C13 south arcade.
Chancel of 2 bays, C12, extended to east in early C13. North wall has one
narrow C12 round-headed window with a deep embrasure and stepped cill, and
a twin, early C13 lancet window with stepped cills and internal hoodmoulds
with carved head stops. Three-light east window with late C13 inner jambs,
early C19 wood frame (restored 1970). West single light south window in
brick surround and with leaded Gothick glazing (probably originally as north-
east window). South chapel of c1260 with Y-tracery south window (restored)
and round-headed. west window; C19 panelled door in round-headed surround.
Interior: restored chancel roof of 5 bays with arch-braced collar beams,
ashlar posts and cusped wind-bracing, late C14 according to VCH but probably
incorporates late C15 or C16 parts. Plain aumbries in north and south walls.
Low C13 archway to south chapel, of 2 chamfered orders, the east respond has
a dog tooth impost moulding and a small engaged shaft; fragments of clerestorey
windows above. Monuments Inscribed baroque tablet of Chapman, 1690. Inscribed
marble plaque to John Basier of 1683. Walsh monument, Elizabeth died 1645 and
Ann, died 1679, marble inscribed plaque frame by 3 Ionic columns supported on
brackets, and surmounted by segmental pediment with arms. Other plain late
C18 - early C19 tablets in south chapel (BoE, 1968; VCH, Vol IV, 1979).

Listing NGR: SO7535067869

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Source: English Heritage

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