St Michael

A superb late 11th century church with a stained glass window by Charles Kempe in the Saxon tower and a fine marble tomb of Sir Christopher Wray, Chief Justice of England during Elizabeth I's reign, with his wife and children.

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.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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