Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Michael's Church, Harnhill
St Michael's Church,
Church Lane,
Harnhill, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

This is a small church, with according to Kelly's Directory of 1923, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a shingled western turret, containing 2 bells, and with a "rude carving of St Michael combatting the Dragon" over the south doorway, and no more than 40 sittings.

It is recorded with Driffield by the British Listed Buildings website, saying it has a Norman foundation, with later rebuilding and restorations. Of the tower, it says it "has hipped roof with dragon weathervane, stone slate hung sides except to west which has single small lancet, and may have been a bellcote".

Harnhill Manor House is nearby - according to Kelly "a fine old Elizabethan mansion, erected in 1580". It is now home to Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] The area around the church is much spruced up and rather cut off from the village, because it stands amidst the Harnhill Centre for Christian Healing, of which I know nothing except it necessitated the provision of a large car park and a new road to “Harnhill Centre”. No tower but a sizeable shingled turret over the west end as if in the Home Counties.[1]

[Image 2] The church consists of a nave with south porch and chancel.[1]

[Image 3] The church is charming but rather devoid of interest once you have examined the tympanum over the south door of St Michael slaying a dragon which must be some 900 years old.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SP0694400447. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Harnhill, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 27 Nov 2018 at 13:47.

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This Report was created 3 Sep 2021 - 12:08:42 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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