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Monument details

HER Number:TQ 86 SW 8
Type of record:Listed Building
Name:Church of St Michael, Hartlip


13th-14th c Grade I listed building. Main construction periods 1200 to 1899

Grid Reference:TQ 8392 6428
Map Sheet:TQ86SW

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1200 AD to 2050 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (I) 1320011: CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL

Full description

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[TQ 83926423] St Michael's Church [NAT] (1) The Church of St Michael, Hartlip has a 13th c chancel and 14th c nave. Both were restored in 1865, when the north and south chapels were rebuilt on the site of the medieval ones. (2) In use for ecclesiastical purposes. (3) Church of St Michael. 13th to 15th c, tower repaired 1855, restored 1864-5 by RC Hussey. (For full descriptive text, see list) (4) Church of St Michael, Hartlip. Outside, in effect, the work of RC Hussey, 1864. Only the north wall of the nave shows genuine signs of age in the flintwork. The plan, however, is the medieval one: chancel with gabled north and south chapels; nave and lean-to aisles; a south porch; west tower with a lean-to addition on its north side. Inside one sees that the chancel is of the early 13th century. The church probably dates from c1190, with the north and south chapels completely rebuilt and the nave of the 14th century. The tower is a simple Perpendicular affair. (5)

Description from record TQ 86 SW 112:
The following text is from the original listed building designation:
4/9 Church of St. Michael 24.1.67 GV I
Parish church. C13 to C15, tower repaired 1855, restored 1864-5 by R.C. Hussey. Flint, with rubble, and plain tiled roofs. Nave with aisles, chancel with north and south chapels, south porch, west tower with priests room. Three-stage west tower with string course to parapet and 3 stage octagonal stair turret. C19 west doorway, simple Perpendicular windows and belfry openings. Nave and aisles under 1 roof, south aisle with 3 offset buttresses and C19 Perpendicular style windows. C14 doorway in south porch with hollow chamfered, roll moulded arch and hood mould with carved head stops. South chapel with two C19 lancets and double lancet east window; north chapel identical. East window C19 3 light curvilinear, the 3 east chancels separately roofed. North aisle with 3 three- light Perpendicular windows and hollow-chamfered doorway. North west lean-to priest's or anchorite's room with steps down to basement doorway, and restored chimney. Interior: nave with hollow chamfered tower arch, and 3 bay arcade to aisles with octagonal piers, double hollow chamfered arches and panelled canted ceiling, the aisles with lean-to roofs. C19 arches from aisles to chapels and chancel arch, the north and south chapels largely rebuilt by Hussey, but with C13 plain chamfered arches on imposts into chancel. Late C12 wall arcad- ing in the chancel, 2 full bays in north and south walls, and 1 bay interrupted by the arches to chapels, attached shafts rising from plinth, with stiff leaf and palmette carved capitals. Reveals of lancet east window and north and south lancet windows survive. Fittings: angle piscina in chancel, heavily restored, but with late C12 shaft, square abacus and leaf-carved capital. Reredos of 1908, the Last Supper carved in relief. Monument: in north chapel, wall tablet,Mary Coppin, d. 1636. Black and white marble, the plaque carried on an urn and angelic head, with corinthian columns supporting a frieze and broken segmental pediment with achievement, and 2 putti descending to the inscription. (See B.0.E. Kent II, 1983, 343-42).
Listing NGR: TQ8396564247 (7)

<1> OS 6" 1961 (OS Card Reference). SKE48369.

<2> MHLG List ref Kent 2403a/11/a 38 Nov 1960 (OS Card Reference). SKE47131.

<3> F1 CFW 21-NOV-61 (OS Card Reference). SKE42692.

<4> DOE(HHR) Swale Boro Kent 27-Nov-84 45 (OS Card Reference). SKE41187.

<5> Bldgs of Eng NE and E Kent 1983 343-4 (J Newman Ed N Pevsner) (OS Card Reference). SKE37808.

<6> Field report for monument TQ 86 SW 8 - November, 1961 (Bibliographic reference). SKE4621.

<7> English Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Map). SKE16160.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>OS Card Reference: OS 6" 1961.
<2>OS Card Reference: MHLG List ref Kent 2403a/11/a 38 Nov 1960.
<3>OS Card Reference: F1 CFW 21-NOV-61.
<4>OS Card Reference: DOE(HHR) Swale Boro Kent 27-Nov-84 45.
<5>OS Card Reference: Bldgs of Eng NE and E Kent 1983 343-4 (J Newman Ed N Pevsner).
<6>Bibliographic reference: Field report for monument TQ 86 SW 8 - November, 1961.
<7>XYMap: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. [Mapped feature: #31146 church, ]