Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 23 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220950
OS Grid Reference: TL7789496946
OS Grid Coordinates: 577894, 296946
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5413, 0.6218
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4/3 Church of St.Michael
Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. Felt and slate roofs. West tower; aisled nave and chancel.
C14 west tower with diagonal buttresses and a rectangular stair turret to
south east. 2-light west window with restored ogee tracery. 2 rectangular
loops to first floor and 4 2-light bell openings with ogee tracery.
Crenellated parapet with 2 gargoyles. Nave and chancel with modern
re-facing. North aisle with 3 2-light ogee-traceried north windows, a modern
plain-chamfered doorway and C15 panel-traceried east and west windows with
flat heads. South aisle with 4 heavily restored 2-light panel-traceried
windows with flat heads. Similar 3-light east window. C14 wave-moulded
doorway. 6 2-light late-Medieval clearstorey windows. Chancel with 3
restored hollow-chamfered lancet windows to south; the westernmost retaining
a square "leper's window". North wall with one hollow-chamfered lancet and
a 2-light window consisting of a pair of lancets and a traceried quatrefoil
above. Modern 3-light east window with 3 quatrefoils. C14 niche to north
side of east wall with cusped ogee arch and fleuron to hood mould. Interior.
4-bay nave of octagonal piers supporting plain chamfered arches of 2 orders.
The arcades differ: the southern having piers with alternating wide and
narrow facets as opposed to the northern which has piers of regular section
yet with filletted tri-lobe responds. Plain chamfered tower arch on polygonal
responds. Plain chamfered chancel arch. Restored moulded lateMedieval roof
of a shallow pitch created by cambered beams. Arch braces supported on carved
corbels. Wall plates removed. Piscina in south aisle with cusped arch.
Fine early C14 piscina in chancel with 3-point traceried cusping on a pair
of engaged colonnettes with bell capitals. Baroque balustrade communion
rails in marble. C14 octagonal font with Purbeck marble bowl. Shallow
arcading on bowl, stem with blind tracery.
Listing NGR: TL7789496946
Source: English Heritage
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