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Church of St Michael, Tretire with Michaelchurch

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 April 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 155287

OS Grid Reference: SO5214925512
OS Grid Coordinates: 352149, 225512
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9261, -2.6973

Location: 3 Gillow Cottages, Saint Owen's Cross HR2 8LD

Locality: Tretire with Michaelchurch
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR2 8LD

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Listing Text

SO 52 NW

3/130 Church of St Michael


Former parish church. Probably late C11 or early C12 with C13 and C17
alterations, restored in late C19 or early C20. Sandstone rubble and
sandstone dressings, rendered bell-turret and stone slate-roofs. Continuous
three-bay nave and two-bay chancel, south porch. Nave has small loop to
right side of west gable; pyramidical roof to bell-turret; a blocked north
door now occupied by a C20 casement of two lights under a 2-centred chamfered
arch with a diagonal pattern to the head; a hollow chamfered lancet to the
east of the south porch and further east a restored C14 window with two
pointed lights and plain tracery in a 2-centred head. Chancel has two small
lancets to south wall and one to north wall, like that in south wall of nave,
with two taller lancets in its east wall. South porch has side benches of
stone. C14 south doorway has a 2-centred head and chamfered jambs; door has
C14 ornamental strap hinges. Interior has plastered ceilings with the cased
bottom ends of rafters visible indicating four roofing bays to nave and two
to chancel; tie-beam separating nave from chancel has vertical boarding
above, restored C16 screen below, with three bays to each side of a wide
entry, the bottom parts being filled with rectangular panels and the open
tops having turned pendants in arches; high quality C19 choir stalls with
angels as finials; C13 terracotta painting, mainly ashlar lining, covers
much of the chancel walls, north-east window reveals and some of the nave
especially in reveals of its south-west window with crosses to either side
of east windows; remains of C16 or C17 inscriptions and the Commandments
on the north wall of the nave; C17 refitted panelling to east and south
walls of chancel; lectern, probably early C19 has three detached wooden
columns; Roman altar with cushion capital inscription and stem in blocked
north doorway; C12 font has tapered cyclindrical bowl with cross and inter-
lace decoration, cylindrical stem and later circular base; C17 communion
table, partly restored, in nave; near the font a C14 tapered coffin lid with
cross-in-circle motif. A small medieval church graded I for its generally
unaltered appearance and extensively surviving scheme of C13 decoration.
The church is now in the care of the Redundant Churches Fund. (RCHM Vol I,
p 239-40).

Listing NGR: SO5214925512

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Source: English Heritage

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