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Tower of the Former Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8652 / 51°51'54"N

Longitude: -2.2458 / 2°14'44"W

OS Eastings: 383170

OS Northings: 218541

OS Grid: SO831185

Mapcode National: GBR 1L5.316

Mapcode Global: VH94C.1C2Z

Plus Code: 9C3VVQ83+3M

Entry Name: Tower of the Former Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 23 January 1952

Last Amended: 15 December 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245822

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472215

Location: Westgate, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hempsted with Gloucester, Saint Mary de Lode and Saint Mary de Crypt

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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844-1/8/126 (South side)
23/01/52 Tower of the former Church of St
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Church of St Michael)


Includes: Tower of the former Church of St Michael SOUTHGATE
Tower of the former parish church of St Michael, now used as a
tourist information centre. Built between 1455 & 1472 at west
end of medieval church of St Michael. Except for tower the
church demolished 1849, rebuilt 1851 and demolished 1955-6,
minor alterations to tower for use as office 1980. Ashlar,
lead roof.
PLAN: a large, square belfry tower, the former entrance
doorway in the west side facing Southgate Street, the office
on the ground floor now entered through C20 glazed screen
infilling the archway between the tower and the former nave.
EXTERIOR: three principal stages; the corners with massive
offset clasping buttresses of plain ashlar capped by courses
of weathering rising to the mid-point of the central stage;
above the buttressses the angles of the tower are canted,
slightly extruded and faced with Perpendicular Gothic panels;
three bays of panels between the angles on each face; in each
of the south, west and north faces of the central stage a
large four-light window with a central transom and rectilinear
tracery, the crown of the arch capped by a gablet with carved
finial; on each face of the upper stage a large, three-light
belfry window with a central transom, solid panels below the
transom and louvres in the rectiliniar tracery of the window
arch; trefoil-headed panels in spandrels above; embattled
parapet with elaborate tracery panelling; the former pinnacles
at the corners have been removed.
INTERIOR: an elaborate lierne vault in the central stage now
concealed by a false ceiling.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SO8317018541

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