St Michael's Church, Blewbury
The parish church of Blewbury is dedicated to St Michael the Archangel. Click here to find out more about our Patron Saint. John Betjeman described St Michael's as "one of the most attractive medieval buildings in Oxfordshire, textured by time and easy for prayer, stately and friendly."
History of the Building
Blewbury parish church was rebuilt towards the end of the eleventh century. Over time, a chancel, central tower, transepts, aisles, a Lady Chapel, and a tower were added. Many interesting remnants of earlier orderings can be found throughout the church, such as the stairs and piscina belonging to the altar that once stood on the rood loft. There are also a number of fifteenth and sixteenth centuries brasses. The eight bells in the tower date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, and there is also a nineteenth century sanctus bell.
Facilities at St Michael's today
The churchyard, kept as a "Living Churchyard", is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including some beautiful fritillaries at the right time of year. In church, there is a children's corner, with toys, where young children can play during services. An electronic organ has recently been installed to supplement the capabilities of the pipe organ, and the speaker system includes a loop facility for those with hearing aids. Wheelchair access to the church is possible, and a toilet is available very close by at the Benefice Centre.