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Church of St Michael, Bishop's Stortford

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 October 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 160928

OS Grid Reference: TL4862321336
OS Grid Coordinates: 548623, 221336
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8708, 0.1574

Locality: Bishop's Stortford
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: CM23 2LU

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Listing Text

(South Side)

Church of St Michael
(formerly listed under
TL 4821 SE:3/40 18.10.49


Principally early C15, flint with stone dressings. Upper stage of tower 1812, brick
and stone dressings; lead spire. Embattled nave and side aisles with buttressed
walls, rich perpendicular tracery and projecting porches north and south. C19 chancel
clerestorey and west window. Tower upper storey with 2-light traceried windows and
clock on each face, quatrefoiled and crenellated parapet. Interior. High nave arcade
of 6 bays with slim, moulded piers. Original nave and aisle timber roofs, tie beams
of nave with traceried spandrels on good figures corbels. Choir has 3 lower arcades
on north, C19 roof and C15 choir stalls and screed, this with 1885 vaulted canopy.
Trefoiled sedilia. 1658 hexagonal pulpit in Jacobean style with feigned perspective
panels. C12 purbeck marble font top. Original oak doors in north and south
entrances. Upper part of tower converted to study room and ground floor closed by C19
traceried glazed screen. West window by Kempe, 1877. Several early C19 GreekRevival
tombs in churchyard. Good example of early C15 church in Hertfordshire, well restored
in C19. Dominant landmark in town. (RCHM (1911), 62, 63; Pevsner 2nd Ed Rev (1977)

Listing NGR: TL4862321336

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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