History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Orchard Portman, Somerset

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 50.9893 / 50°59'21"N

Longitude: -3.0789 / 3°4'43"W

OS Eastings: 324372

OS Northings: 121650

OS Grid: ST243216

Mapcode National: GBR M2.KV3Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 46FH.JBS

Plus Code: 9C2RXWQC+PC

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 25 February 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060391

English Heritage Legacy ID: 270877

Location: Orchard Portman, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA3

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Orchard Portman

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Find accommodation in



4/93 Church of St Michael



Parish church. Norman, chancel rebuilt early C15, Portman chapel erected as south aisle c1450, tower rebuilt c1540,
Portman chapel demolished 1844 and rebuilt 1910 when south porch resited as north porch, vestry and organ bay added.
Roughcast over lias, slate roof, coped verges. Plan: chancel, north east vestry and organ bay, 3-bay nave, south
chapel, north porch now blocked, entrance via west tower. Crenellated 3-stage tower, diagonal buttresses, string
courses, 2-light louvred bell-openings, 2-light below on south front, 3-light west window, pointed moulded arch
doorway, C19 door, square stair turret uncrenellated with remains of crocketed finials on first stage; north front
3-light window left of gabled projecting Portman chapel, diagonal buttresses, 3-light window, door on east return, to
right 3-light windows flanking buttress, priest's door, trefoil headed lancet to sanctuary, diagonal buttresses to east
end with fleur-de-lys ties (the emblem of the Portman family), 3-light east window, single storey vestry with lancet,
door on west front, 2-light window, buttress, 3-light mullioned windows flanking gabled, single storey porch, moulded
semi-circular headed opening with hoodmould, blocked with inserted lancet. Interior: plastered, exposed rubble in
tower. Ribbed wagon roof to chancel plastered barrel vault with moulded wall plates, shallow pitched moulded
compartment ceiling to Portman chapel dated 1910. No chancel arch, pointed tower arch chamfered in 2 orders flanked by
corbelled pilasters, chamfered pointed arch doorway to stair turret. Restored Norman doorway on north front, chevron
moulding. Circular font in porch. Portman chapel pannelled with wrought-iron sconces and brass plaque with details of
members of the family buried in the vault below nave. Brass to Henry Cole died 1633. Jacobean-style hexagonal pulpit.
Late medieval stained glass, upper lights of window set in north wall, showing 4 evangelists; late C19 and early C20
stained glass including east window and Portman chapel window both signed by Arthur J Dix and dated 1911 and 1910
respectively. The earlier Portman chapel was demolished at the same time as Orchard Portman House which stood
north-west of the church, illustrated by Kip in Britannia Illustrata, 1707. (Kelly's Directory, 1914; Pevsner,
Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST2437221650

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.