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St Michael and All Angels, Harnhill, Gloucestershire

(51°42′11″N, 1°54′5″W)
SP 069 005
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Jean and Garry Gardiner
06 June 1998

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Feature Sets

The unaisled nave, the square undecorated S doorway and the rectangular tympanum or lintel above, are 12thc century fabric. The chancel, S porch, and the W wall of the tower are later additions.


In Domesday Book Harnhill (Harehille) is held by Roger from Ralph de Tosny.


Exterior Features



The carving of the tympanum may exhibit some influence from the Herefordshire School: the exceptionally large feet of the dragon, the raised offside forepaw, and the bulging almond eyes. St Michael also has large bulging eyes, large hands and long fingers, but his draperies are unlike the idiosyncratic draperies of the school. The stone is pinkish in colour, similar to the tympanum at nearby Driffield.


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.