SP8526 : Stewkley - St Michael - West front

taken 5 years ago, near to Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Stewkley - St Michael - West front
Stewkley - St Michael - West front
The splendid West front of St Michael's in Stewkley. This almost entirely C12th Norman church has a wealth of zig-zag carvings and typical Romanesque ornamentation. The west door seen here with blind arches either side of it is particularly interesting, its tympanum (semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance) being described as "unusual if not unique" - see detail here SP8526 : Stewkley - St Michael - Tympanum over West door
See the shared description for more information and follow the links there for details of the architecture.
Stewkley - St Michael
St Michael in the large village of Stewkley is one of the most complete and unaltered Norman churches in Britain. Only the south porch and south vestry from the C19th, and late 14th-century pinnacles, parapet and stair-turret to the tower date from later than c.1160 when the nave, tower and chancel were built in the reign of Henry II. (There are also a few modern buttresses to the chancel to help stabilise it).
The church was sensitively restored by G.E. Street 1862, at which time most traces from intervening centuries were removed. The chancel had previously required its roof to be rebuilt in 1844. The nave and tower also have C19th roofs.

There is a wealth of zig-zag or chevron ornamentation to windows, doors and arches. The interior being a particularly overwhelming array of these Norman geometric designs.
The interior is also unusual in having two arches (both Norman) the first between the nave and the tower, the second between tower and chancel.
The church contains a contemporaneous Norman "Tub" font.
There is a plan of the church here LinkExternal link
For much more detail on this church see:
EH Grade I listing LinkExternal link
BHO (VCH) information LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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Grade I 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8519 2610 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:55.6145N 0:45.7509W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8518 2610
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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