St Michael the Archangel

It is thought that the church originated no later than the 9th century, and possibly as early as the 7th century, although there is no mention of the church in the Domesday Book.

About this church

The church is constructed in millstone grit, with roofs of lead, slate, and stone slate. Its plan consists of a four bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, both with side chapels, a south porch, a north hearse house, a two bay chancel, and a west tower. Towards the top of the southeast tower are the carved coat of arms of Fountain’s Abbey.

Inside the church three of the piers of the arcades contain trefoil headed niches. In the north aisle are some box pews dating from the 17th and early 18th centuries. The baptistry contains a font dating from the 11th century. This is decorated with zigzag moulding, and is set on a 19th century base.

There is a ring of eight bells. The oldest of these were cast in 1602 and 1617 by William Oldfield of York, one was cast in 1785 by Robert Dalton, and fourth was by John Warner & Sons and is dated 1897.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Upcoming special events at St Michael the Archangel

Southwell Minster’s popular lunchtime concerts take place at 12.15pm on many Fridays, with performers coming from around the country to perform a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave.

Other nearby churches

St Mary the Virgin

Medieval church in the picturesque village of Long Preston on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales in the Ribble Valley with a fine collection of stained glass windows by Jean-Baptise Capronnier.

St Peter

One of the Rylstone's most iconic buildings, the church was constructed between 1852 and 1853 and has a gritstone exterior in a style known as 'churchwarden gothic'.

Holy Trinity

This ancient church has been at the top of the High Street for centuries, welcoming local people as well as folk from all over the world.

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