St Michael's Church, Harbledown   Church

Image Source: John Salmon


Most people visit the chapel of St Nicholas Hospital in Harbledown, which is just as much a place of pilgrimage today as it was in the Middle Ages. However, the nearby church of St Michael is full of character despite the fact that it dates in the main from 1880. The south aisle is part of the original Norman church - one blocked window survives - and there is a damaged thirteenth-century piscina. There is also an unusual piece of carved stone of uncertain age which represents two bulls fighting, with a sun above them. The architect for the enlargement of 1880 was J.P. St Aubyn - never the most sensitive of architects. There is some pleasing nineteenth- and twentieth-century glass including a rare representation of the Search for the Holy Grail.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 444

Morning Attendance: 157

Afternoon Attendance: 245

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: J P St Aubyn 1880

Second Restoration: -


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