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Church of St Michael (including tower)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Central, Bournemouth

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Latitude: 50.7204 / 50°43'13"N

Longitude: -1.8888 / 1°53'19"W

OS Eastings: 407943

OS Northings: 91197

OS Grid: SZ079911

Mapcode National: GBR X5W.N2

Mapcode Global: FRA 67X5.RXW

Plus Code: 9C2WP4C6+4F

Entry Name: Church of St Michael (including tower)

Listing Date: 5 May 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1324732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 101815

Location: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, BH2

County: Bournemouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bournemouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bournemouth St John with St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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POOLE ROAD (north side)
Church of St Michael (including tower)


1873-76, R. Norman Shaw, tower 1900-1, John Oldrid Scott. Shaw's church conventional externally: high clerestory with coupled lancets, wider spaced lancets to aisles, gabled south porch, triple-chamfered arch. Lean-to western narthex, 1930 by W.D Caröe.

Chancel windows are groups of traceried lancets under relieving arches, five-light at east, three-light at sides. South east War Memorial Chapel, Y-tracery windows, 1920 by Sir T.G Jackson. North east gabled organ chamber and flat-roofed vestry (high chimney) attached by single-storey link (traceried, canted bay on west side) to Church Hall. Splendid high and massive tower at south east corner of nave: very tall couple two-light belfry windows with two transoms and Y-tracery, big polygonal pinnacles on clasping buttresses with many set-offs, gabled doorway to south, gabled stair-turret to north east.

Interior with five-bay nave arcades, triple-chamfered on circular columns, clerestory windows with boldly unmoulded splays, connected at top by double-chamfered inner arches, each pair framed by sharp triangular shafts on corbels, with stringcourse below and continuous cornice. Roof of three posts on tiebeam, open canted rafters.

Elaborate but conventional furnishings by R.G Pinder: pulpit 1889 (sculptor, W.J Warren, alabaster panels, green colonnettes, pink marble arches); murals in chancel 1889 (painted by Cox Sons, Buckley and Co); reredos 1884 (English altar with Majestas added circa 1925).

Stained glass: twenty good aisle windows by Henry Holiday for Powells, circa 1880, east window by Mayer and Sons of Munich 1882 west window by Christopher Whall 1913. Sculpture in War Memorial Chapel by Sir George Frampton.

The Church and Church Hall of St Michael form a group.

Listing NGR: SZ0794391197

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 30 October 2017.

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