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St. Michael, Bootle, Cumberland

Description

The church of St. Michael is an edifice of rubble cobbles, with red sandstone dressings, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, west porch and a western tower 90 feet in height and containing 2 bells: on the north wall of the chancel is a brass to Bridget Fox, widow, daughter of Richard Parker, of Tarn, by whose munificent gift of £1,500 the restoration of the church in 1891 was principally effected: on the south wall is a brass, with effigy of a knight in armour, to Sir Hugh Askew, ob. 2 March, 1562, and knighted at the battle of Pinkie, or Musselburgh, 10 Sept. 1547: there is also a shield bearing a bugle horn and the inscription J. H. and another with the initials R. B.: in the vestry are hatchments for the Rev. Richard Hutton B.D. rector, d. 1 July, 1804, the Rev. Daniel Steele, rector, d. 1764, and the Rev. John Wennington B.A. d. 1764: on the north wall of the nave is a brass to Thomas Grice esq. of Cross House: the font has an octagonal basin with the inscription, In Nomine Patris, Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, in old English characters; six of the sides are ornamented with quatrefoils, and the other two bear shields with the arms of the Huddlestone family: the church was repaired and transepts added in 1837: the rebuilding of the tower, begun in 1870, was completed in 1880: in 1888 the chancel was new-roofed, new altar rails fixed and an organ erected, at a cost of £300, and in 1891 a new roof was put on the nave, the interior re-seated and choir stalls and a pulpit of oak erected: in the course of excavating for the foundations of the tower, six skeletons of unusual size were met with, lying north and south: the cost of restoration since 1893 has amounted to £3,300: the church affords 400 sittings.

Church Records

The parish registers date from the year 1655.

St. Michael
Bootle
Cumberland

Denomination:Church of England
Diocese:Carlisle
Sittings:400
Graveyard:Yes