St Michael's Church, Aughton

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St Michael's Church, Aughton
St Michael's Parish Church, Aughton.JPG
St Michael's Church, Aughton, from the south
St Michael's Church, Aughton is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
St Michael's Church, Aughton
St Michael's Church, Aughton
Location in West Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°32′31″N 2°55′11″W / 53.5419°N 2.9198°W / 53.5419; -2.9198
OS grid reference SD 392 054
Location Church Lane, Aughton, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Broad/Central
Website St Michael, Aughton
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 11 October 1968
Architect(s) W. and J. Hey (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic, Gothic Revival
Specifications
Materials Sandstone, stone slate roofs
Administration
Parish St Michael, Aughton
Deanery Ormskirk
Archdeaconry Warrington
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Clergy
Rector Revd Andrew Housley
Laity
Reader(s) Bill Glennon
Churchwarden(s) Janet Glennon, Peter Fogden
Parish administrator James Parsons

St Michael's Church is in Church Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Ormskirk, the archdeaconry of Wigan & West Lancashire, and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice is united with that of Holy Trinity, Bickerstaffe.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2]

History[edit]

The oldest fabric in the church is a blocked Norman doorway, and an adjacent section of the wall. The nave and steeple date from the 14th century,[3] and a chancel was present in the 15th century.[2] In about 1545–48 the north aisle was rebuilt, replacing an earlier, narrower aisle.[3] The church was restored in 1876 by W. and J. Hey, during which the chancel and the west windows of the nave and aisle were rebuilt.[2][3] There was a further restoration in 1913–14 when the north vestry was enlarged.[3]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is constructed in local grey-brown sandstone,[3] with stone slate roofs.[2] Its plan consists of a nave with a south porch, a north aisle of similar width to the nave, a chancel with a north chapel and a vestry to the north of that, and a steeple in the east angle between the nave and the aisle. The tower broaches to an octagonal bell stage, and this is surmounted by a spire. The window at the west end of the nave and of the aisle each has four lights. In the south wall of the nave are three two-light windows and one window with three lights. To the east of the porch is a blocked Norman doorway, which is partly hidden by a buttress. There are three three-light windows in the south wall of the chancel, and at the east end of the chancel is a five-light window. The east end of the chapel contains a three-light window, with another three-light window above it. Along the wall of the aisle are four three-light windows, and there is a two-light window on the north side of the tower.[2]

Interior[edit]

Inside the church is a four-bay arcade, beyond which is the tower arch. In a recess in the north wall of the chancel is a 19th-century chest tomb. The chancel roof is supported by corbels carved with angels.[2] The octagonal font is in Decorated style. In a recess in the north wall of the church is part of an Anglo-Saxon cross-head, which has been dated to about 850. Under the tower is a medieval graveslab. A window on the north side of the church contains fragments of medieval glass.[3] There is a ring of six bells; four of these were cast in 1715 by Abraham Rudhall I, and the other two in 1935 by Gillett and Johnston.[4]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard, to the south of the church, is the sandstone base of a medieval cross, consisting a of a square base containing a square socket.[5] The churchyard contains war graves of a Royal Army Medical Corps officer of World War I, and two airmen and an officer and sergeant of the Royal Artillery of World War II.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St Michael, Aughton, Church of England, retrieved 15 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Historic England, "Church of St Michael, Aughton (1361837)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 June 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 142–144, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  4. ^ Aughton, S Michael, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 15 June 2012 
  5. ^ Historic England, "Cross base approximately 20 metres south of Church of St Michael, Aughton (1073130)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 June 2012 
  6. ^ AUGHTON (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 12 February 2013