- St Michael's Church, Chester
St Michael's Church, Chester
St Michael's Church, Chester, from the southwest
Coordinates: OS grid reference SJ 406 661 Location Corner of Bridge Street and Pepper Street, Chester Country England Denomination Anglican History Dedication Saint Michael Architecture Status Redundant Functional status Heritage centre Heritage designation Grade II Designated 28 July 1955 Architect(s) James Harrison Architectural type Church Style Gothic, Gothic Revival Closed 1972 Specifications Spire height 70 feet (21 m) Materials Yellow sandstone,
Grey slate roof
St Michael's Church, Chester is a redundant church standing on the corner of Bridge Street and Pepper Street in the city of Chester, Cheshire, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. The former church is now used as a heritage centre.
A church on the site was burnt down in the great fire of Chester in 1188. It is not known when a stone church was first built but the chancel was built in 1496. The churchwardens' accounts show that the church was almost completely rebuilt in 1582. During the Siege of Chester in the 1640s the church was used as a prison. In 1678 the chancel was widened and in 1710 a steeple 70 feet (21 m) high was built. Much of the church was rebuilt by James Harrison in 1849–50. It was declared redundant in 1972. It was acquired by Chester City Council and in 1975 opened as Britain's first heritage centre. Its parish registers from 1560 have survived.
The church is built in yellow sandstone with a grey slate roof. Its plan consists of a west tower, a nave and a north aisle. The tower is in three stages. The south end of Bridge Street Row passes through the open first stage of the tower, with stone steps up to the row to the north and down to the pavement to the south. The second stage has two-light windows with a clock face on the west side and a blank clock-face panel to the south. The third stage has bell openings, above which is a string course with gargoyles. On the top is a crenellated parapet with eight crocketed pinnacles and a wind vane. The south wall is also crenellated. On the chancel gable is a finial cross. Internally the 15th century north arcade with octagonal piers, and the chancel roof of 1496 have been retained. In the church is a monument to Roger Comberbach, who died in 1771, by Benjamin Bromfield. The stained glass in the window at the east end of the north aisle is by Clayton and Bell.
- ^ a b c "Heritage Centre, Chester", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011, http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1376107, retrieved 5 May 2011
- ^ a b c Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 117–120
- ^ a b "A Brief History of St Michael's Church", Chester History and Heritage (Cheshire West and Chester), http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/visiting/heritage/chester_history_and_heritage/st_michaels_church.aspx, retrieved 10 December 2010
- ^ Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 32, ISBN 1-871731-23-2
- ^ Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) , Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 242–243, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6
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