St Michael's Church, Bracewell

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St Michael's Church, Bracewell
St Michael's Church, Bracewell, from the northeast
St Michael's Church, Bracewell is located in the Borough of Pendle
St Michael's Church, Bracewell
St Michael's Church, Bracewell
Location in the Borough of Pendle
Coordinates: 53°55′55″N 2°12′36″W / 53.9320°N 2.2101°W / 53.9320; -2.2101
OS grid reference SD 863 485
Location Bracewell Lane, Bracewell, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Michael, Bracewell
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 29 Jan 1988
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Groundbreaking 1143
Specifications
Materials Stone, stone slate roof
Administration
Parish Bracewell
Deanery Skipton
Archdeaconry Craven
Diocese Leeds
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd J. R. Lancaster

St Michael's Church, Bracewell, is located in Bracewell Lane, Bracewell, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Skipton, the archdeaconry of Craven, and the Diocese of Leeds. Its benefice is united with those of Holy Trinity, Barnoldswick, and St Mary le Ghyll, Barnoldswick.[1] The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[2]

History[edit]

St Michael's was built in 1143 as a chantry chapel for the Tempest family, and became a parish church in 1153.[1] Fabric from this period remains, but most of the church dates from the 15th or early 16th century.[2] The base of the tower has been converted into a remembrance chapel.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The church is constructed in stone, with stone slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave and chancel under a single roof, a north aisle, a south porch, and a west tower. The tower is in two stages, with a two-light west window in the lower stage and two-light bell openings in the upper stage. The parapet is corbelled and embattled.[2] The round-headed south doorway is Norman in style.[3] Also on the south side of the church are two two-light straight-headed windows. On the north side are four windows containing three arched lights under straight heads. The chancel also has a three-light east window.[2]

Inside the church is a two-bay arcade carried in octagonal piers.[2] The chancel arch is Norman, with scalloped capitals. The font is also Norman, and the pulpit and altar rails are Jacobean. The pews are more modern, and were made by Robert Thompson. Some of the windows contain 14th-century stained glass.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bracewell: St Michael, Bracewell, Church of England, retrieved 17 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e English Heritage. "Church of St Michael, Bracewell and Brogden (1259162)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c St Michael's, Bracewell, Barnoldswick and Bracewell Parishes, archived from the original on 19 July 2011, retrieved 13 November 2012