St Michael and All Angels

 

Pevsner considered our church to be ‘one of the most interesting and complete decorated churches in the north of the county’. Substantially larger than many of the other parish churches in the area, its size is testament to the relatively large population of Kingsland at the time of its building (1290-1310), and to the increasing power and importance of Roger Mortimer III, of Wigmore Castle, who was married to Maude, or Matilda, de Braose. Maude oversaw the beginning of the building of the church and died in 1301. Her son, Edmund, died three years later, leaving his wife Margaret to supervise the end of the build. Maude’s coat of arms is displayed in the 14th century East window.The church consists of a south porch, north porch with adjoining Volka chapel, nave, two aisles, a chancel, vestry, organ chamber and west tower, which was heightened in the 15th Century. The south porch, added in the 15th Century, was converted into a kitchen and WC in 1980. The tower contains a ring of eight bells, hung on a modern frame.Materials used in the building of the church are stated in the church’s listing entry as coursed rubble with ashlar dressings, and slate roofs. Apart from one or two additions, the church was essentially built all at once, as indicated by the repetition of certain tracery patterns and details of the mouldings in the chancel, nave, Volka Chapel and west tower. Within the church are a number of other historic features which collectively contribute to its exceptional heritage significance: these include a medieval triple-stepped sedilia; cusped piscinae; C14 octagonal font; Victorian encaustic tiles from the famous Herefordshire Godwin tile factory; attractive memorials; original Georgian bellclappers and an early C20 cartoon of the crucifixion, by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA.Please see the attached Statement of Significance for more details about the church's history and architecturalsignificance.

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