St Michael's Church, Spurriergate, York

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St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate, York
Spurriergate Centre 1.jpg
St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate York
Coordinates: 53°57′28.1″N 1°4′57.4″W / 53.957806°N 1.082611°W / 53.957806; -1.082611
Location York
Country England
Previous denomination Church of England
History
Dedication St Michael
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade I listed[1]

St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate, York is a Grade I listed[1] former parish church in the Church of England in York.[2]

History[edit]

The church dates from the 12th century with elements from the 14th and 15th centuries.

It was reduced in size in 1821 by JB and W Atkinson. The foundation stone of the new wall of the east end was laid by the Rector on 15 January 1821.[3] Work was completed on 16 June 1822.[4]

The tower was lowered between 1966 and 1967. The church closed in 1984 and the building re-opened as a restaurant and cafe in 1989. The conversion retained a small chapel upstairs which is used occasionally for worship.

Clock[edit]

The exterior west end of the south wall contains a painted clock face. The clock mechanism inside is inscribed with "Reconstructed by G. J. F. Newey in 1896".

Organ[edit]

The church contained an organ by Denman and Son which was installed in 1890.[5] It had 9 stops on the Swell, 7 on the Great, 2 on the Pedal and cost just over £300 (equivalent to £30,300 in 2016).[6] It was transferred in 1972 to All Saints’ Church, Castleford. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[7] The church also contained a 3 stop continuo organ by Grant Degens and Bradbeer, dating from 1969, which was moved to Lund Parish Church in 1973 and subsequently Southwell Minster. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Michael  (Grade I) (1256593)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. York and the East Riding. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave. Yale University Press. 1995. ISBN 0300095937
  3. ^ "The Foundation Stone of the New Wall". Yorkshire Gazette. York. 20 January 1821. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Spurriergate Church". Yorkshire Gazette. York. 22 June 1821. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "New organ for St Michael Spurriergate Church". York Herald. York. 23 August 1890. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "NPOR N03924". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "NPOR E01315". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 10 May 2015.