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St Michael's Church-Isel Church

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St Michael's Church-Isel Church

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johnhouston2 wrote a review Dec 2019
Knaresborough, United Kingdom3,895 contributions1,676 helpful votes
This church is in such a beautiful location it’s almost worth visiting just to enjoy the peaceful, riverside ambience and stunning views. But of course the church is well worth visiting as well, and the first thing that I liked was the almost “no nonsense” sort of appearance, with its wide, functional and rustic porch and simple little bell tower. There is great history here, but as other reviewers have outlined the general history of the church there is no need for me to repeat it. Probably the most notable and important feature of the church however is the standing octagonal font which dates from 1275 and is still in use today. It is considered possible that this font used to have similar carvings on the sides as the ones on the celebrated font at St Michael’s in Bridekirk, and as they are of a similar age and not very far apart that is entirely feasible. I also liked the Chancel Arch, which is Norman, although the later repair works detract somewhat from the overall appearance. My favourite things however were the lancer windows on the north wall. As one would expect, they look almost insignificant when viewed from the outside, but the craftsmanship of the stonework on the inside is quite beautiful.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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no1pinkpanther wrote a review Dec 2018
Maryport, United Kingdom242 contributions117 helpful votes
Situated beside the River Derwent, close to the grounds of Isel Hall, this church dates from around 1130AD. Two Norman arches survive, in addition to four Norman windows. The oddities that have also endured from the past include an early stone staircase ambiguously set in the wall below an early window near the pulpit, what was it for? Several historical wall plaques, table and chest tombs can be found inside and four intriguing sundials are carved into the outside wall. The pre Conquest name of St Michael, and fragments of crosses on display inside the church, indicate the presence of a church on this site before Norman times. Here, by the River Derwent (the river of oak trees), not far from the Roman fort of Derventio at Papcastle, a village community worked and worshiped under the influence of the Christian ethic until the arrival of the Normans.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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ridge273 wrote a review Jul 2017
Sheffield23 contributions9 helpful votes
We had a wander round after visiting Isel hall. Pretty little church in lovely peaceful surroundings. The area around the church is beautiful and well worth having a stroll up the river
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Vicky L wrote a review Jul 2016
Cockermouth, United Kingdom37 contributions16 helpful votes
Stunning location next to the river Derwent. Beautiful and peaceful inside for pray and contemplation, friendly church, also makes an excellent venue for a country wedding.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Ronald T wrote a review Apr 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom14 contributions4 helpful votes
Small Norman church in lovely situation above River Derwent. Large car park. Closed for dehumidification after flooding November 2015 when I visited in March but normally open daily during British Summer Tiime, weekends in winter. Look out for the sundial *inside* the porch.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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