Duntisbourne Rouse - St Michael's Church
The church is constructed of rubble limestone with herrringbone stonework on the north and east walls, and stone-slate roofs. There are doorways to the north (now blocked) and south. The south door has a triangular head and is covered by a porch which has a chamfered segmental arch. The south wall of the nave contains two lancet windows and a two-light perpendicular window with a square head, added in the 15th century.
The tower to the west is of Ashlar. It sits on a chamfered plinth and has two stages, with a saddleback roof. There are small slit windows on the north and south sides. The church sits on a steep slope and there is a crypt in the ground beneath the chancel.
The internal walls are limewashed and the floor is stone. The nave has timber panelling on the walls. It has panelled box pews and bracket lights with brass ornaments from the Victorian era. The Jacobean pulpit is hexagonal, constructed of carved wood, and there is an octagonal stone font. The doorway from the nave to the tower has a pointed arch. The tower has an internal staircase leading to its two bells; one from the 14th century and one from the 15th century.
The walls of the chancel were decorated in the early 13th century with paintings done in red ochre that only survive in fragments, most complete on the north wall. The choir stalls have misericords carved with grotesque heads and vine leaves; they date from the 15th century. It is not clear whether the misericords were originally installed in this church, or imported from elsewhere.
The organ was donated to the church by the sisters of New Zealand modernist writer Katherine Mansfield.
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
Map & Directions
On the minor road off the A417 just north of Cirencester. The road is very narrow and there is very limited parking on the verge. Usually open.