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Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kirkby Thore, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6273 / 54°37'38"N

Longitude: -2.5621 / 2°33'43"W

OS Eastings: 363804

OS Northings: 525945

OS Grid: NY638259

Mapcode National: GBR BGKY.30

Mapcode Global: WH92K.MY4H

Plus Code: 9C6VJCGQ+W4

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 6 February 1968

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1226012

English Heritage Legacy ID: 423083

ID on this website: 101226012

Location: St Michael's Church, Kirkby Thore, Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria, CA10

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Kirkby Thore

Built-Up Area: Kirkby Thore

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Kirkby Thore St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Parish Church, C12 with later additions and alterations. Coursed, squared
rubble on chamfered plinth with stepped buttresses to tower; cavetto moulding to
chancel eaves. Graduated slate roof with outshuts to north; stone coping and
kneelers to chancel. West tower, nave without aisles, and chancel. 3-stage
tower built in C12 with upper works rebuilt in C16; embattled parapet has C17
gabled bellcote on east side. Main belfry openings are paired, with trefoil
heads. South door has pointed head and continuous chamfered surround. C14
gabled porch has single C13 lancet to left and 2 restored, C14 two-light windows
under hoodmoulds to right. Chancel has central C14 two-light window with
pointed head and blocked openings to either side; carved panel with Wharton
coat-of-arms is set into wall on left. 3-light east window is 1850 copy but
remains of earlier 5-light window are visible. Blocked C14 priests door, to
right of C19 vestry; nave aisle has some original C14 windows, the rest are C19
copies. Incised stucco walls internally. Blocked original west doorway below
2-light C14 window; C12 responds carry later tower-arch. 2-bay arcade to north
aisle; pointed arches of 2 chamfered orders on quatrefoil pier with chalice
capitals and filleted shafts. Small opening with pointed head is cut through
wall between east-end of aisle and nave. Pointed chancel arch is C19. Nave and
chancel have 4-bay hammer-beam roofs of uncertain date, partly hidden by later
ceiling. A number of panels and brackets bearing coats of arms are set into
aisle and chancel walls. On north side of chancel is small memorial brass, in
pedimented frame, dated 1692 with Latin inscription to Sir John Dalston. C14
piscina has trefoiled head and C19 drain. Moulded octagonal font was set up in
1688 by Thomas Machell, the rector, whose coat of arms is carved on one side.
The pulpit, which he also presented, is made up of re-used, elaborately carved,
C17 panels (one dated 1631) with some later additions to top and bottom. The
C19 communion rails incorporate Machell's late C17 balusters and inscription,
records a mid C15 bell with a 'black-letter' inscription: S (damaged) re Ni Ihc
Tas Unus Devs Meserere Nobis. This bell is traditionally said to have been
brought from Shap Abbey by the last abbot, who was also rector of Kirkby Thore.

Listing NGR: NY6380425945

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