Brough: St Michael

Brough: St Michael
Record Type:
Church code:
Brough with Stainmore

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Church Brough

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough
Exterior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough
Photograph of the exterior of St Michael, Brough
Year / Date:
2011, June 24
David Dixon
David Dixon

Summary Description

A low slung, long, church that sits on a slope that is overlooked by William Rufus's castle. The lead roofs appear to bend as the building flows across the landscape. The church has Norman origins that can be seen in the south wall, particularly the splendid south door with its chevron decoration and beakhead faces that is accompanied by a C12 window. This wall batters into the nave creating an interesting visual conjunction with the floor as it rises towards the chancel where the church moves up the slope of the hill. There are remnants of C13 walls in the chancel, this includes a hagioscope through which the altar could be seen. The north wall of the nave was removed in the C14 and a north aisle added, possibly following partial destruction during one of the border raids on the neighbouring castle. All that remains from this phase is the fine arcade and part of the east wall. It was, however, the start of the gradual rebuilding of the church that spanned almost the whole of the Perpendicular period. This includes the construction of the tower that has lost its signature pinnacles, the insertion of the flat topped windows and the construction of the rugged timber ceiling. The church houses a C17 pulpit, an early C18 communion rail and attractive stained glass including a fragment of a C15 window. The east window is a good example of later Wailes work. Recently the church has been sensitively adapted to provide modern facilities and an exhibition space.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
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Sources and Further Information

David Dixon (2011, June 24) Exterior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough
Gordon Hatton (2015, August 30) Interior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607010 St Michael, Brough
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 4 Bells [Archive/Index]
4 Bells