St Michael's, Upton Cressett

The church originates from the 12th century. A north aisle was added in the 13th century, but this has since been demolished. A chapel was built on the south side of the chancel, probably in the 14th century. In the late medieval era a south porch was added. The body of the church is constructed in stone with tiled roofs, and the south porch is timber framed.   The Norman architecture includes some of the windows, the south doorway, the arcade of the demolished north aisle, and the chancel arch.  On the west wall of the chapel is a painting dating from about 1200. It depicts an enthroned king, and is decorated with foliage scroll-work.  The chancel arch is described by the architectural historians John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner as "the most impressive Norman feature" in the church. It has three orders of shafts and three orders of chevron on the arch.    POST CODE: WV16 6UH