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Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 1 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 275289
OS Grid Reference: SJ9421557377
OS Grid Coordinates: 394215, 357377
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1135, -2.0879
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HORTON C.P. HORTON
SJ 95 NW
8/80 Church of St Michael
Parish church. C15 with C17 alterations and largely internal circa
1864 restoration by Sugden. Coursed sandstone; red tile roof to nave
and chancel, with verge parapets. Flat elsewhere. Has the appearance
of an homogenous perpendicular unit.. West tower, nave, north and
south aisles, south porch and chancel. Tower: C15 of 4 stages with
diagonal buttresses of 4 stages, raised moulded strings at plinth,
bell chamber and parapet levels with central and angle gargoyles to the
latter, under crenellated parapet with crocketed angle pinnacles;
labelled 3-light perpendicular-pointed, panel tracery windows to bell chamber
and west end, flat-headed labelled 2-light window to south; Tudor-arched
west door. Aisles: C15 north and south aisles; similar, of 3 bays
divided by 2-stage buttresses, and crenellated parapet on a raised string
returned into eaves line of nave; flat-headed windows of 3 lights with
trefoil heads to all bays (including east and west ends), excepting
west bays on both sides; Tudor-arch door to north and mid-C19 gabled
porch to south with stone slate roof, verge parapet and pointed entry.
Chancel: 2-bay, divided by buttresses and on roll-moulded plinth;
C17, 3-light round-arch windows with flat heads; east window C19 in
perpendicular style by Sugden, 4 lights with panel tracery. Interior:
nave of 3 bays on octagonal columns with moulded capitals. The south
arcade in imitation of the C15 north; C19 pointed chancel arch in C19
style and trussed nave roof on brattished wall plate of cambered ties;
diagonal queen posts and collar; moulded double purlins; C19 single
hammer beam trusses to chancel roof; pent aisles of moulded ties;
C19 octagonal stone pulpit, with moulded panels; C19 octagonal stone font
of drum shape with coved rim. Tower screen: of 1610 in timber and flat
balustraded in the manner of a contemporary staircase. Monuments: all
in chancel except brass of 1885 to Arthur Chorley behind lectern.
Johis Wedgewood 1589 brass with figures depicted, in moulded stone surround.
Captain Johannis Wedgewood 1729; aedicular plaque (as are remainder):
marble segmental pediment broken by armorial cartouche on Ionic pilasters
supported by gadrooned corbels on apron, finished by scallop. John
Wedgewood 1757: marble obelisk over pediment flanked by flaming urns
and with semi-circular apron. John Fowler 1827 by W. Spence; marble;
tripartite with smaller flanking grounds all pointed-headed and with
central range of low-relief motifs from top; open bible over swathed
urn on sarcophagus set on plinth flanked by flaming urns and finished by
frieze bearing arms.
Listing NGR: SJ9421557377
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Source: English Heritage
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