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Church of St Michael

A Grade I Listed Building in Great Witley, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.2825 / 52°16'56"N

Longitude: -2.3392 / 2°20'21"W

OS Eastings: 376953

OS Northings: 264977

OS Grid: SO769649

Mapcode National: GBR 0CH.WZ7

Mapcode Global: VH925.DWPN

Plus Code: 9C4V7MJ6+X8

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 29 July 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1082655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 152316

Location: Great Witley, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, WR6

County: Worcestershire

Civil Parish: Great Witley

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Shrawley and Witley, Great and Little

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Listing Text


6/83 Church of St Michael



Parish church. Consecrated 1735, refaced c1860. Attributed to Gibbs for
Thomas, first Lord Foley, refaced by S W Daukes for Lord Ward, later first
Earl of Dudley. Brick core, Bathstone refacing, slate roof. Rectangular
in plan with shallow projections to north and south of east end, forming
transepts, west porch. Baroque. Moulded plinth, rusticated quoins, listel
cornice and balustraded parapet with urn finials to corner and intermediate
dice. Keyed semi-circular arched windows with moulded impost string, recessed
panels to pilasters, and bracketed sills. West entrance elevation: 2 storeys,
3 bays; central slightly forward break defined by quoins, square bell tower
over with open arcaded octagonal cupola, pedimented porch supported on Tuscan
columns, ground floor windows with slightly cambered keyed heads. South lateral
elevation: 1:3:1 bays, projecting eastern bay and bay to west defined by quoins,
windows to east end bay and central 3 arched windows with keyed hoodmoulds,
bracketed sills and pilasters in arched recesses with keyed hoods continued
from label strings, Venetian window to east end. Interior: with west gallery
and central organ housing richly decorated in an Italian manner with gilded
rococo style stuccoed ornament arranged in panels to the walls and window
reveals, coved ceiling with triangular penetrations above windows of papier
maché with similar gilded enrichments, ceiling paintings by Antonio Bellucci;
main central painting of the Ascension flanked by the Nativity and the Deposition;
a further twenty small medallions also decorate the ceiling; signed stained glass
in the windows by Joshua Price of York, with dates 1719-1721 from designs by
Francesco Sleter (or Slater). The ceiling paintings and stained glass were
acquired by the second Lord Foley from the chapel of the Duke of Chandos at
Canons in 1747, the gilded ornament in stucco and papier mach were copied
from the originals at Canons. The work at Canons was by the stuccadore
Pietro Martire Baquitti. Wooden pews and pulpit attributed to Daukes, the
pulpit incorporates a piece of C18 stair-rail; white marble font by James
Forsyth, circular bowl supported by 3 kneeling figures; organ case in west
gallery also acquired from Canons. Monuments: north transept signed by
Rysbrack c1743 commemorates first Lord Foley, white marble base surmounted
by grey marble sarcophagus and obelisk with seven figures in classical dress;
reclining figure of Lord Foley with woman and child above sarcophagus flanked
by allegorical figures and 2 further figures above on draped support and
flanking urn; heraldic ornament towards summit of obelisk; south transept:
tablet commemorates Thomas Foley died 1677, black and white marble with two
columns and swan-necked pediment over segmental one, central inscription
panel. An earlier church stood a short distance further west of present
church. A gate pier at western driveway is reputed to be a surviving section
of this building (not included). (BoE; VCH, Vol IV: Great Witley Church,
Rev Canon J G Barnish, MA).

Listing NGR: SO7695064978

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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