St Michael's church, Highworth
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century tympanum
Other notable features of the interior include two carved wooden seats in the chancel. These are quite rough and very worn, and are thought to belong to the 15th cenntury. To the south of the chancel is the Warneford Chapel, which contains numerous memorials to members of the Warneford family, dating back to the 17th century.
The exterior of St Michael's features another reminder of the Civil War era. Beside the west door is a large hole in the masonry. This is thought to have been made by a cannonball fired during the assault on Highwiorth by Parliamentary troops on 27 June, 1645. The church has in its possession a cannonball, thought to be the one responsible for the hole in the wall. This is not, unfortunately, generally on display, but may be viewed by permission.
The Highworth Ghost
According to published reports in the London Illustrated News, Highworth church is haunted by a spectral figure. The ghost was last reported seen in 1938 and was described as having a featureless countenance, with dark shadows where the eyes should have been.
Uffington White Horse
Lechlade on Thames
About St Michaels Church, Highworth
Address: Vicarage Lane, Highworth, Wiltshire, England, SN6 7AG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the Market Square. Nearby paid parking lot, and free on street parking if you can find a spot!
Photo Credit: David Ross/Britain Express
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