In Domesday Book Harnhill (Harehille) is held by Roger from Ralph de Tosny.
Above the S nave doorway is a tympanum, monolithic but incomplete, depicting St Michael. The saint, with nimbus, wears a short belted tunic with long close-fitting sleeves; his right arm is holding a sword raised over his head, his left arm holds a small oval shield. Both he and the dragon have large feathered wings and large bulging eyes. The recumbent dragon has a long coiling tail, a protruding tongue and pointed teeth. The bottom edge of the tympanum is carved in cable moulding. The stone is pink in colour beneath a coat of limewash.
|Depth of stone||0.23 m|
|Height of stone||0.51 m|
|Width of stone||1.10 m|
Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Volume 3, London 1899, 142.
Charles E. Keyser, 'Notes on a Sculptured Tympanum at Kingswinford Church, Staffordshire, and other early representations in England of St Michael the Archangel', Archaeological Journal, 62 (1905), 137-146, 143.
Charles E. Keyser, A List of Norman Tympana and Lintels with Figure or Symbolical Sculpture..., 2nd ed., London 1927, 153-54.
David Verey, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, Harmondsworth 1970, 269.