Bosherston, St Michael and All Angels
Bosherston, St Michael and All Angels
St Michael's is a late 13th century Norman church, built in form of a cross, on site of an earlier church. It was restored in 1855 by first Earl of Cawdor of Stackpole Court, on whose estate the church was sited. The Cawdor arms feature in the tiling of the chancel and the sanctuary floor.
The first thing you see on entering the church is the simple Norman font, which predates the current building and must have been preserved from the earlier church. Another historic highlight is below the north transept window, where you will find a medieval tomb niche with a very worn effigy of a woman. The woman is thought to be the dowager Duchess of Buckingham, ancestor to the Dukes of Norfolk. There is a second tomb niche and effigy in the south transept, where a figure of a 14th century knight lies on a stone slab. Outside in the churchyard is a preaching cross with a carved face in the centre of the cross.

One rather amusing touch is provided by a large notice in a wooden frame, titled 'A Notice of Kindred and Affinity', laying out in exact terms just who was allowed to marry who under Church of England rules. We learn, for example, that a woman must not marry her husband's mother's brother, or a man marry his wife's daughter's daughter.

St Michaels is usually open daylight hours.