About this church
Within the church there is also a beautiful memorial to Elizabeth Saunderson, widow of Nicholas Saunderson, and daughter of Sir John Wray who was great grandson of Sir Christopher Wray. She had one son, Wray Saunderson who died without issue in her lifetime. She died aged 50 in 1714. Her heir was Sir Cecil Wray. A beautiful stained glass window by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, dates around 1898 and depicts The Samaritan Woman at the Well. Jesus answered and said to her 'Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life'. There is a west tower, nave and chancel in one, with a south porch. St Michael's is built of ironstone and limestone, its tower is late 11th century with a 14th century west window and there is also a small round headed 11th century window above. The nave has 19th century windows and the chancel was rebuilt in the late 16th century (to take the Wray monument, which is situated on the north side.) The south side of the chancel has a blocked opening to the east and a small 12th century doorway to the west.