In 2016 we went to the ‘Canal Boat Festival’ in Middlewich, Cheshire, this is always a really good day. Its even better now, as my parent-in-laws moved to Middlewich recently, so we stayed with them and enjoyed the evenings entertainment as well, which was equally as enjoyable. Photos will come about the Festival, but this post is about the exterior of the church, which was open, St Michael & All Angels, the interior will follow. The church stands proud in its surroundings, which would have changed quite a lot from its beginnings. From the little church booklet, which I was kindly given, its mentions that the earliest elements of fabric appear to date from no earlier than the mid to late 12th century in construction. If so this places Middlewich Church in the late Norman period. Of course there are only fragments left of this earlier church, in this case in the form of four solid cylindrical piers at the east end of the nave. However these have been greatly patched up and could have even been moved over the centuries. The church has been altered during the ensuing centuries and now this lovely aged mellow church, is a very integral part of the town. On the day of the festival the church was full of visitors, which is always nice to see, as normally when I visit a church, its just me.
There are plenty of wonderful gargoyles looking down at you and some have the most grotesque expressions.
The Civil War played a large part in the town of Middlewich, there were a couple of battles, and in one battle, they even blew the doors off the front of the church. We often walk round the church, with one of our little dogs and my father-in-law, always points out a canon ball mark on the wall by the door…….I do hope this is right.
This is really a visual post of the exterior of the church, the interior will follow.