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Church of St Michael

A Grade I Listed Building in Heighington, Darlington

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Latitude: 54.5959 / 54°35'45"N

Longitude: -1.6161 / 1°36'57"W

OS Eastings: 424903

OS Northings: 522365

OS Grid: NZ249223

Mapcode National: GBR KH49.X9

Mapcode Global: WHC5H.4RP3

Plus Code: 9C6WH9WM+8H

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 20 March 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322953

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110776

Location: Heighington, Darlington, DL5

County: Darlington

Civil Parish: Heighington

Built-Up Area: Heighington

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Heighington

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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(South side, off)
10/27 Church of
20/3/67 St. Michael
Parish church. Pre-Conquest tower, nave and chancel; c.1160-1170 chancel
rebuilt and third stage of tower added; possibly C13 vestry; C13 chantry chapel
extended in C14 to form south aisle; C15 tower parapet; c.1840 restorations;
north aisle, south porch and organ chamber 1872-5 by Ewan Christian. Coursed
squared stone, snecked 1872 additions; green slate roofs. West tower; aisled
nave with south porch; chancel (comprising presbytery and sanctuary) with north
vestry and organ chamber.
3-stage tower: probably C19 south doorway; small round-headed windows on south
and west; twin bell openings on third stage; embattled parapet with gargoyles.
3-bay nave: round-arched south doorway with zigzag and billet mouldings (moved
from north wall 1875); relief of King and Bishop above door; steeply-pitched
roof. South aisle restored 2- and 3-light square-headed windows: C18 wall
sundial; moulded parapet; lancet on west return; 3 stepped lancets on east
return. Gabled porch incorporating sculptural fragments. North aisle 3-light
windows and tall gabled east bay.
2-bay presbytery and taller narrower one-bay sanctuary. Restored Priest's door
and flanking C19 windows on south; C10-Cll round-headed window on north. C19
sanctuary windows and 2 strings on south; 3-light 1872 east window. Continuous
steeply-pitched chancel roof. One-bay organ chamber with reused lancet; vestry
with tall stack.
Plastered interior: c.1160 round 3-order tower and chancel arches, the latter
on half-pier responds with scallop capitals. Double-chamfered, pointed 3-bay
south arcade on octagonal piers. Similar C19 north arcade on round piers.
Piscina at east end of south aisle.
Fittings and monuments: In tower C14 octagonal font, cross slab with sword and
2 worn C13 female effigies. Large slab and wood donation plaque to John March
died 1590. 5 hatchments (including two of C17) around tower arch. Wall
monument to George Crossyer died 1669, south of chancel arch. Restored early
C16 wood pulpit. Chancel stalls with some C16 poppyheads. On chancel north
wall 2 grave slabs; armorial brass to Sir Anthony Byerley died 1667; wall
monument with naval trophies by I. Ternouth of Pimlico to Capt. William Pryce
Cumby, hero of Trafalgar, died 1837. 1899 stone reredos. Stained glass by
Clayton and Bell 1875, by Heaton, Butler and Bayne 1875 and by Wailes and
Strang 1908.
(Rev. J.F. Hodgson, Church of St. Michael,Heighington, Transactions of the
Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, Volume V,

Listing NGR: NZ2490322364

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