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Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 15 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 321720
OS Grid Reference: SE1370888973
OS Grid Coordinates: 413708, 488973
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2962, -1.7909
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SE 18 NW SPENNITHORNE MAIN STREET
3/111 Church of St Michael
15.2.67 (Formerly listed under General)
Church. C12, C13, C14, C15 and C17. Sandstone rubble, Westmorland slate
roofs. West tower, nave with aisles and south porch, chancel with north
aisle containing chapel and vestry. Tower: C14 with off-set angle
buttresses and projecting stair turret to south with 6-light vents and bench
mark to west face of projection. Ground floor: 2-light west window. First
floor: clock on west face, single-light window with trefoil head under flat
hood to north and south. Second floor: belfry openings of 2-lights, with
trefoil heads and blind quatrefoil in plate tracery above, on all 4 sides.
Embattled parapet corbelled out on heads, with gargoyles of goblin holding
spout, weather-vane on north-west corner. Nave: late C14 gabled south porch
with off-set diagonal buttresses with short pinnacles, doorway with
continuous hollow chamfer and label, weathered niche above and gable cross,
corbelled stone roof. Inside: stone benches and barrel vault, C13 doorway
with shafts and hollow mouldings, continuous 'green man' capitals. C13
south aisle with 2 south windows of 2 lights with trefoil heads, linked by
sill band, corbel table with heads and lion masks, gargoyles. 2-light west
window, 3-light east window with trefoil heads under flat lintel. c1620
north aisle of 3 bays with 2 windows under straight-sided pointed heads and
1 window with 3 trefoiled lights under a flat lintel. North doorway with a
pointed arch in a square lintel, above it a panel with medieval lettering.
Chancel: 3 bays divided by off-set buttresses. C14 windows, 1 single-light
and two 2-light with quatrefoils above, all under labels with medieval heads
on stops, and continuous sill band. East end: 4-light Perpendicular windo..<
and off-set buttresses. North chancel aisle: east window of vestry of
2 lights with plate tracery; north chapel window of 3 lights with 5 cusps
under straight-sided pointed heads. Interior: mid C12 north arcade to nave
with round piers, scallop capitals and round arches of 2 orders. C13 south
arcade to nave, Early English circular piers with plain bell capitals and
pointed arches of 2 chamfered orders. C14 tower arch of 2 chamfered orders,
springing from male figures. Early English chancel arch with heads on label
stops on both faces, and Early English corbels. Double-chamfered pointed
arch from chancel to north chapel, with C14/C15 screen set into the opening.
C14 pointed-arched doorway to vestry with continuous chamfered moulding.
Chancel north wall: aumbry with trefoil under ogee arch. Chancel south
wall: piscina with trefoil under ogee arch, stone bench sedile. Nave south
wall: roll moulding on arris of south doorway, sill band of semi circular
section with whorl and animal stops. Stone with cross-head set in east wall
of vestry. Medieval tomb-chest in north chapel to a Fitz Randall of
Spennithorne Old Hall, also 2 medieval bench ends. South aisle east wall:
medieval corbel for image with male and female heads. South aisle west
wall: medieval wall painting depicting Father Time. South aisle south wall:
royal coat of arms dated 1780, wall memorial to Hon. Anne Scroope d 1694 and
Francisca Scroope d 1731. Chancel south wall: wooden wall memorial to
Fr. Wyvill d 1649.
Listing NGR: SE1370788976
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Source: English Heritage
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