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Church of St Michael, Great Witley

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 152316

OS Grid Reference: SO7695364977
OS Grid Coordinates: 376953, 264977
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2825, -2.3392

Location: 27 Worcester Road, Great Witley WR6 6JT

Locality: Great Witley
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR6 6JT

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Listing Text


6/83 Church of St Michael



Parish church. Consecrated 1735, refaced c1860. Attributed to Gibbs for
Thomas, first Lord Foley, refaced by S W Daukes for Lord Ward, later first
Earl of Dudley. Brick core, Bathstone refacing, slate roof. Rectangular
in plan with shallow projections to north and south of east end, forming
transepts, west porch. Baroque. Moulded plinth, rusticated quoins, listel
cornice and balustraded parapet with urn finials to corner and intermediate
dice. Keyed semi-circular arched windows with moulded impost string, recessed
panels to pilasters, and bracketed sills. West entrance elevation: 2 storeys,
3 bays; central slightly forward break defined by quoins, square bell tower
over with open arcaded octagonal cupola, pedimented porch supported on Tuscan
columns, ground floor windows with slightly cambered keyed heads. South lateral
elevation: 1:3:1 bays, projecting eastern bay and bay to west defined by quoins,
windows to east end bay and central 3 arched windows with keyed hoodmoulds,
bracketed sills and pilasters in arched recesses with keyed hoods continued
from label strings, Venetian window to east end. Interior: with west gallery
and central organ housing richly decorated in an Italian manner with gilded
rococo style stuccoed ornament arranged in panels to the walls and window
reveals, coved ceiling with triangular penetrations above windows of papier
maché with similar gilded enrichments, ceiling paintings by Antonio Bellucci;
main central painting of the Ascension flanked by the Nativity and the Deposition;
a further twenty small medallions also decorate the ceiling; signed stained glass
in the windows by Joshua Price of York, with dates 1719-1721 from designs by
Francesco Sleter (or Slater). The ceiling paintings and stained glass were
acquired by the second Lord Foley from the chapel of the Duke of Chandos at
Canons in 1747, the gilded ornament in stucco and papier mach were copied
from the originals at Canons. The work at Canons was by the stuccadore
Pietro Martire Baquitti. Wooden pews and pulpit attributed to Daukes, the
pulpit incorporates a piece of C18 stair-rail; white marble font by James
Forsyth, circular bowl supported by 3 kneeling figures; organ case in west
gallery also acquired from Canons. Monuments: north transept signed by
Rysbrack c1743 commemorates first Lord Foley, white marble base surmounted
by grey marble sarcophagus and obelisk with seven figures in classical dress;
reclining figure of Lord Foley with woman and child above sarcophagus flanked
by allegorical figures and 2 further figures above on draped support and
flanking urn; heraldic ornament towards summit of obelisk; south transept:
tablet commemorates Thomas Foley died 1677, black and white marble with two
columns and swan-necked pediment over segmental one, central inscription
panel. An earlier church stood a short distance further west of present
church. A gate pier at western driveway is reputed to be a surviving section
of this building (not included). (BoE; VCH, Vol IV: Great Witley Church,
Rev Canon J G Barnish, MA).

Listing NGR: SO7695064978

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Source: English Heritage

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