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St Michael's Church of the Open University

A Grade II* Listed Building in Walton, Milton Keynes

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Latitude: 52.0233 / 52°1'24"N

Longitude: -0.7118 / 0°42'42"W

OS Eastings: 488485

OS Northings: 236885

OS Grid: SP884368

Mapcode National: GBR D0K.0VY

Mapcode Global: VHDT7.MD1R

Entry Name: St Michael's Church of the Open University

Listing Date: 17 November 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1160855

English Heritage Legacy ID: 45906

Location: Walton, Milton Keynes, MK7

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Walton

Built-Up Area: Milton Keynes

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Walton, Milton Keynes

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

north side

4/120 St. Michael's Church of The
Open University.



Former parish church, now the University church and recital room.
Mainly C14, with slightly later S. porch, early C16 nave roof.
Restored 1861. Rubble limestone with some greensand stone. The tower
has two stages with greensand-stone quoins, diagonal buttresses and
battlemented parapet. The nave parapet is over a string with corbel
heads and nave and chancel are buttressed between bays. All windows have
good and varied curvilinear tracery. In the chancel are restored sedilia
and a priest's door on the S. wall. The nave has 4 bays, a piscina at the
E. end of the S. wall and a tall plain tower arch. To the north of the
chancel arch is a staircase to the rood-loft. The C14 octagonal font
has been restored. Hatchments hang in the nave. Monuments: On N. wall
of chancel a wall monument to Bartholomew Beale, d.1660, and Katherine
Beale, d. 1667. An inscription panel with two niches over divided by a
plain pilaster. Each niche has a scroll head and base and an engaged bust
he to LH, and she to RH. This part is flanked by black Corinthian columns
with white caps and bases supporting entablature with black marble
frieze, broken segmental pediment and central cartouche of arms.
Below the inscription panel is a moulding carried forward under columns
which are supported on carved scroll brackets with angels' heads. This
monument was erected by their sons, Charles and Henry in 1672. Charles
was the husband of Mary Beale, the painter, who died in 1697 and was a
pupil of Lely. Adjoining is a small incised brass with rhymed
inscription to Elizabeth Pyxe, 1617. On the S. wall is a late C18-
early C19 monument to members of the Pinfold family. On S. wall of nave.
Sir Thomas Pinfold, Knt., L.L.D. Kings Advocate, Chancellor of Peterborough, etc.,
d.1701, by Nollekens. An inscription panel on flat brackets with central
cartouche of arms between and a tall black pyramidal top with white
portrait medallion and ribbons over a trophy of books and rolls.
RCHM II p.307. MON.1.

Listing NGR: SP8848536885

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