Lyonshall, St Michael Church
Lyonshall, St Michael Church
A Norman church with later Decorated Gothic rebuilding, situated beside the ruins of 11th century Lyonshall Castle. It seems likely that the first church at Lyonshall was built to serve the residents of the moated castle.
Much of the interior was remodelled by a Victorian vicar named Rev. Charles Edward Maddison-Green. The Reverend Maddison-Green was also responsible for the nearby school (now a private dwelling) and the vcarage.

The church is built of red sandstone rubble to a plan that has not changed appreciably since 1250. Even older is the west wall of the nave, which dates to the 11th century and is the oldest section of the church. The north nave arcade is made up of slender pillars with beautifully carved column capitals from about 1250.

The south arcade dates to a century later, and here the pillars are octagonal in section. Above the first column on the south side of the nave is a carved head which may have survived from an earlier church. The north aisle features a 13th century lancet window, the same date as the chancel arch, windows and door. Also in the north aisle is a 13th century stone effigy, and a poignant floor tablet to 7 month old John Cheese (d. 1795).