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Church of St Michael, Stoke

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 156156

OS Grid Reference: SO9493467699
OS Grid Coordinates: 394934, 267699
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3074, -2.0757

Location: Fish House Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DN

Locality: Stoke
Local Authority: Bromsgrove District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: B60 4DN

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Listing Text


8/105 Church of St Michael



Parish church. Early C12, extended late C12 to early C13 with some C14 and
C15 alterations, restored several times mid- to late C19. Sandstone ashlar
with shingle spire and tile roofs. Early C12 nave, restored north aisle,
short C15 south aisle, early C13 chancel, late C12 St Catherine's (north)
Chapel and early C13 vestry; late C12 tower in south-east angle between
chancel and nave. Tower: late C12, four stages defined by string courses,
clasping buttresses, parapet with trefoiled arcading and corbel table below;
south side: belfry stage has three lancets with engaged shafts to responds,
second stage blind, first stage: two lancets with engaged shafts to responds;
ground floor: entrance has a 2-centred head and engaged respond shafts; on
east side there is a projecting altar recess with two restored lancets:
Nave: south wall: two-bay south aisle to right added in C15, with stepped
buttresses and crenellated parapet, windows are each of four cinquefoiled
lights under 4-centred heads; to left two bays of nave, a small C12 semi-
circular headed window to left, late C19 stone porch to left enclosing C12
south door which has a semi-circular head of two orders with roll mouldings
and enriched label; respond shafts have waterleaf capitals; west end rebuilt
C19 with window of three ogee trefoiled lights under a 2-centred head over a
west door with a 2-centred head of two chamfered orders; north aisle: rebuilt
C19, four bays, that to left filled by vestry, others each have a square
headed window of three trefoiled lights. Chancel: north wall: three bays,
two to left consists of late C12 chapel to right which has two windows, a
C12 semi-circular headed window and a C14 window of two ogee trefoiled lights
under a 2-centred head; next bay the blind early C13 vestry; right-hand bay
has a C13 lancet; south wall: tower to left, a C14 window of two ogee trefoiled
lights under a 2-centred head to right; east window: five ogee trefoiled lights
with reticulated tracery and a 2-centred head. Interior: nave: C12, north
arcade of five bays, semi-circular arches of two orders on circular columns;
south arcade of two bays with early C13 clustered columns and 2-centred arches
or two moulded orders; chancel arch C14 of two chamfered orders to 2-centred
head with engaged respond shafts. South aisle: tower arch 2-centred of three
orders; chancel arch to St Catherine's Chapel C14, segmental pointed arch of
two chamfered orders, similar arch to south; 3-seat sedilia and trefoil
headed piscina. Vestry has a stone vault with chamfered diagonal ribs spring-
ing from angle corbels. Tower, the altar recess has a pointed stone barrel
vault. Roofs: nave has timber barrel vault of five bays, north aisle a lean-
to C19 roof, chancel: C19 common rafter roof; south aisle has a C15 lean-to
roof. Fittings: C15 octagonal font with an angel in low relief on each side;
C13 effigy of recumbent priest set in wall of south aisle. (VCH 3, pp 529 -
531; BoE, pp 265 - 266).

Listing NGR: SO9493267699

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Source: English Heritage

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