St Michael and All Angels Church, Croft Castle.
A gorgeous setting, in the grounds of Croft Castle, for a charming church. While this church is a part of the Croft Castle grounds it is a funtioning Parish church and is maintained by the parish with no direct help from the National Trust. The church is in need of urgent repairs to the cupola roof at an estimated cost of £100,000.00.
One of the highlights is the fine lower figures of saints on the chest tomb of Sir Richard and Lady Croft c.1510 – reminding us that on the eve of the Commotion what we think of as fifteenth-century style and Catholic sentiment was enjoying a flourishing time. St Anthony is on the left with his usual pig (his Hospitallers were given runts that they let loose with bells round their heads to beg off the locals: Tantony pigs). On the right is St Roche bearing his leg to show the page bubo that he survived (oddly with a small person by it rather than the dog who ministered to him). Both – for ergotism (St Anthony’s Fire) and the Plague – would have been saints whose intercessions were valuable for the afflicted.
The stand-out feature of the church is, of course, the bell-turret of around 1700 with its leaded ogee-shaped cupola.
St Michael's and All Angels Church at Croft is in need of maintenance. The small church is situated in the grounds of Croft Castle, owned by the National Trust. The church, however, is still a working church and is looked after by the Parish. and if you would like to donate, then please scan the QR code below.
If you are happy to make your donation using a cheque or BACS we receive the whole amount.
For more information about St Michael’s Cupola appeal, please watch the video below –