St Michael’s was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1650. It is one of three Cromwellian churches (as there were very few churches built during this time).
The church was built by the local High Sherriff Sir Edward Rhodes, who lived in the Old Hall. He was a Puritan who had links with Oliver Cromwell. At the time, Cromwell was overseeing the country as the Lord Chief Protector after refusing the crown and he visited the church, approving of its small but simple design.
The church contains Jacobean box pews and pulpit, panelled doors from c1600 and lovely stained glass windows. A small extension was added in 1959, which contains choir stalls by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, which feature his distinctive mouse feature.
Come along and see the interesting architecture and woodwork.
If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.
Address: Church Street, Great Houghton, S72 0BL
Opening Times: The church is open most days. Please contact us to arrange a group or school visit.
Contact: 01226 753025 or 01226 752891
Directions: M1 J36. Follow A6195 Dearne Valley Parkway. At Cathill roundabout go straight. Next roundabout go straight into Great Houghton. Church Street on left.
Grid Reference: SE 430 065 GB Grid
The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.
Designed by TownTalk