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St Michael

St Michael's embodies an architectural history typical of the English parish church: Anglo-Saxon foundations; a Norman nave, tower and chancel; aisles of the 13th century; and sensitive reworking at the end of the 19th century.

Heighington, County Durham

Opening times

Our opening times are approximately 9am to 4pm daily, later in Summer.


Church View
County Durham

The styles blend together remarkably well.

Balancing the nave and chancel, the pre-Conquest unbuttressed tower has three stages with an embattled top and gargoyles, and twin louvred openings in the top stage.

Carved Tudor poppy heads grace the chancel stalls, the rare pre-Reformation oak pulpit has six linen fold panels and an inscribed prayer, and at the base of the tower are a 14th century octagonal font, a cross slab (grave cover) with sword, and two worn 13th century female effigies.

The church's situation on the green has been much admired and is mentioned in The Anatomy of the Village, written in 1946 by Thomas Wilfrid Sharp.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Space to secure your bike

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Drop In for tea of coffee 2pm to 4pm every Monday. Toddlers group every Weds 9am to 12noon in term time.

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £4,500, 2007

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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