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The Church of St. Michael, Billington


History & Description

St. Michael's, BillingtonThe church of St. Michael is located at the top of Billington Hill in approximately the centre of the village. The church dates from the 13th century, with numerous changes being made up to modern times. Some features from the 13th century still remain, including the arch of the west window of the nave and the piscina of the chancel.

The chancel, which was rebuilt relatively recently, is of red sandstone rubble with larger pieces of clunch. There are also fragments of the old wall incorporated into the structure. The restored 15th century east window has three cinquefoiled lights with perpendicular tracery under a pointed head, with the jambs alone being old. The north wall of the chancel contains a square shaped recess with no moulding. Closer to the nave is a window consisting of a single trefoiled pointed light. The head of the window being modern, but the jambs being of late 13th century date. The surrounding walling is also from the original chancel. The late 13th century chancel piscina is found in the south wall. It is a trefoiled pointed piscina in two hollow-chamfered orders and a half-round label. Near to the piscina is a square headed window of two uncusped lights. Further west of this, is a single light window, similar to that on the opposite north wall.

St. Michael's, BillingtonThe north and south walls of the nave, each contain two 15th century windows. Each wall has one of three cinquefoiled lights and one of two, uncusped lights. The walls are plastered and have low butresses for strength. At the west end, there are two modern butresses, which are arched over and carry an octagonal bell turret containing a single bell (see photo above). The bell turret came originally from St. Barnabas's Church, Linslade, where it had been replaced with a new tower. The west window is of two uncusped lights under a square head, which replaces a pointed window of which the label inside rests on shafts with foliate capitals, bases and moulded bands of the late 13th century.

The south doorwayof the nave is in two chamfered orders with a scroll moulded label. The porch is modern.

The font is octagonal, of plain design, and dates from the 15th century.



  ?   Samuel Clark
  1798 John Wilson, B.A. licenced Curate on his own petition as Vicar of Leighton on the death of Samuel Clark
  ?    Humphrey Drape
  1811 John Wilson on the death of Humphrey Drape per the inhabitants
  1840 William Kemble licenced by the Bishop by lapse
  1843 John Charles Orlebar, Clerk, licenced to perpetual curacy by a majority of the inhabitants (also curate of Heath & Reach).


  1858 - 1897 Edward Bradshaw. Titular Rector by Church Tithes Act, 1865
  1898 - 1901 George Bradshaw
  1902 - 1912 J. H. Stallard
  1913 - 1924 Charles Winship
  1924 - 1931 William A.Bywater
  1932 - 1933 P. C. C. Lamb
  1934 - 1937 Arthur T. Stephens
  1937 - 1940 Frederick C. Chambers
  1942 - 1946 W. A. Allen
  1946 - 1964 F. Scoble Rogers

Photo & Picture Gallery for St Michaels - click here to view the photos