Isel: St Michael

Isel: St Michael
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Church code:
West cumberland
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Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I 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 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

The extensive survival of the Norman shell of this church for nearly 900 years, is truly remarkable, although the interior was last reordered in 1878 by C.J.Ferguson, a pupil of George Gilbert Scott. It is not surprising that Ferguson did a reasonably careful job, which included opening up blocked Norman and Early English windows, as he was the premier church architect in the region at the time. This has helped to return something of the church’s feeling of antiquity. Two Norman arches survive, in addition to four Norman windows. The oddities that have also endured from the past include an early stone staircase ambiguously set in the wall below an early window and four intriguing sundials.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

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 2 Bells [Archive/Index]
2 Bells