Muncaster: St Michael

Muncaster: St Michael
Record Type:
Church code:
West cumberland

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
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Scheduled Monument?
There is a Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct
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National Park

The church is in the following National Park: Lake District National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

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

Approximate Date

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Exterior Image

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Summary Description

Although often expertly done the church has been much altered; but there is evidence of 12th century stone in the Nave which has plain mullioned windows. The East window is Perpendicular and relates to the building of the Chancel in the late 15th century. The stained glass is more than usually significant here with windows by Holiday of 1882 and 1887. However the most unusual is the tripartite West window which is one of only a few depicting ‘Doom’ in the country; the Archangel Michael between groups rising from the dead is surmounted by Christ in Glory. It has also been suggested that the Vestry window is by the firm of Morris & Co. The church is in the grounds of Muncaster Castle which was itself reworked by Anthony Salvin c. 1860 and in 1874 he added the North Transept and a Decorated tracery partition to the church. It is possible that he could also be responsible for the crenelated parapet on the church which is reminiscent of the castle itself? Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Anthony Salvin (1799-1881) as 'the most successful restorer and purveyor of castles in the 2nd half of the 19th Century' and his work here is obviously noteworthy. In the churchyard is a cross shaft and a wheel head believed to be over 1000 years old (see above).

Visiting and Facilities

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Sources and Further Information

CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 2022 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 2
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 3 Bells [Archive/Index]
3 Bells