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Church of St Michael

A Grade I Listed Building in Croft and Yarpole, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 52.2842 / 52°17'3"N

Longitude: -2.8079 / 2°48'28"W

OS Eastings: 344986

OS Northings: 265427

OS Grid: SO449654

Mapcode National: GBR BG.Y7D6

Mapcode Global: VH770.8VY9

Plus Code: 9C4V75MR+MV

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 11 June 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1166506

English Heritage Legacy ID: 149433

Location: Croft Castle, County of Herefordshire, HR6

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Croft and Yarpole

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Croft with Yarpole and Lucton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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SO 46 NW; 2/30

Church of St Michael




Parish church. Mid-C14, extended early C16 (dedicated 1515), partly rebuilt
C17, restored late C19. Coursed rubble with some ashlar dressings and a
machine-tile roof. Chancel, nave with bell turret.

Nave: C14 north wall of three bays
with two C14 windows, each of two cinquefoiled lights under a two-centred head,
bay to right (west) has an early C18 doorway with bolection moulded architrave
beneath an oval window with four key blocks. South wall has two windows, that
to east of two cinquefoiled lights under a two-centred head, to west of two
ogee cinquefoiled lights under a square head. The south door at the west end
is C14 with chamfered jambs and a two-centred head. The square bell turret is
of timber, mostly rendered, under a lead covered ogee capping. The belfry
vents run all the way around with a series of turned balusters. Chancel: C14,
extended early C16. North wall has a blocked C16 four-centred arch, formerly
opening into a north chapel. To west of arch a blocked C16 door. South wall
has two restored C14 windows, each of three ogee cinquefoiled lights under a
square head. East window of four trefoiled lights under a segmental pointed

INTERIOR: tall chancel arch with two-centred arch of two chamfered
orders continuously moulded. A piscina in south wall of chancel has a two-
centred head. Roof of chancel, C16 of three bays with arch-braced collar
beam, trusses, with V-struts in the apex, and moulded wall plates. The bay
over the altar is boarded, painted with clouds, and the truss has painted
cherub heads at the wall-plate. Nave has a similar roof of three bays with
cherub heads to one truss. Fittings: west gallery has a bolection moulded
panelled front. The font has an octagonal bowl on a re-used base. Pews
incorporate C18 raised and fielded panelling. Floor tiles in chancel steps
and nave floor are late C15 Malvern tiles, with a few C14 tiles. Reredos of
C17 panelling with fluted frieze. Croft monument in chancel (formerly in
north chapel) to Sir Richard Croft, died 1509, and his wife. An elaborate
altar tomb bearing the recumbent effigies of Sir Richard and his wife. Above
their heads an elaborate canopy, the back of which is carved with four saints
and other figures.

Listing NGR: SO4498865425

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