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Swindon (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 20116 92501


1. 5410 HIGHWORTH HIGH STREET (north side) Church of St Michael SU 2092 SW 18/266 26.1.55


2. Reached from throughpassage in No 34. Anglo-Saxon origins. Norman and Early English work only vestigial in a late C15 remodelling. Restored 1861 and 1862 (Architect J. W. Hugall of London). Cruciform Church with 4 bay aisled nave, 2 bay chancel (plus later sanctuary) and west tower. Rubble and ashlar built on high moulded plinth. Stone tile roof screened by pierced parapet of cusped quartrefoils and crocketted finials, (embattled to north side of chancel). Large Perpendicular style windows separated from each other by set-off buttresses. Transepts apparently later with C19 windows. Three stage embattled tower with moulded strings (cornice string with carved heads) and diagonal buttresses capped by poor modern copies of the original heraldic beasts (now in the tower); dripmoulds to square headed windows. Arched doorway to west with angel at imposts and key of label, C15 canopied niche above window with C20 statue of Christ; marks said to have been caused in 1645 by cannonball now hanging in Warnford Chapel. Two storey south porch said to be C13 but if so much remodelled in C15, triple niche over entrance. Interior: C13 altered arcade with extra bay denoting position of former crossing tower. Fan-vault ceiling in tower. Norman tympanum carved with Samson and The Lion now reset above south door. Three C15 misericords. Circa 1500 font. Warnford chapel (south of chancel) has an imposing array of memorials chiefly significant for their contrasting styles of inscriptions. Well stocked graveyard with numerous headstones and table tombs from the C17 to C19. Mid C19 railings on the south side.

Listing NGR: SU2011992502


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 22 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/00377/10
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