St Michael, Whichford, Warwickshire
- Site Location
- National Grid Reference
- SP 312 347
now (or name of monument): St Michael
- Type of building/monument
- Parish church
II General Description
Originally 12thc., with some of the original fabric still visible, the church has a 13thc. N aisle and 14thc. S chapel and chancel and an early 14thc. NW tower. 12thc. sculpture is found on the S doorway.
III Exterior Features
(i) S doorway, nave
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Framed by various decorative motifs but plain in the centre.
A roll runs along the bottom edge of the tympanum and above this is a row of 16 saltire crosses. Around the head are two bands of ornament. The first band consists of, from L, nailhead (15), followed by saw tooth ornament (23 triangles), and then more nailhead (12). The second band of ornament is a double cable in which the strands mirror each other. The saltire crosses of the bottom edge of the tympanum are contained within the decoration of the head.
L capital: Block capital with plain roll necking. A double cable moulding with mirroring strands lies along the angle and terminates in a volute. On S and E faces of the capital, large three-lobed leaves, the lowermost lobe voluted, extend toward the angle accompanied by rows of beading.
R capital: Cushion capital with plain roll necking, with a tapering strand of cable moulding along the angle. The division between cone and shield is emphasised by a band of beading. The shields are carved with chip-carved crosses with small beads in the interstices.
No mention in DS. The church was given to Bridlington by the daughter of the founder of that Priory, but it was nevertheless with the manor at the end of the 13thc., and descended with the manor.
- Pevsner and Wedgewood, 470
- VCH 5:206