St Michaels and All Angels, the parish church of Tatenhill, is an important and architecturally significant church. It is the mother church of the area and once held significant lands down the western side of the Trent through much of Barton and as far south as Wychnor. The church is Grade II* listed, as are the 19thC front railings along the roadside.
The exterior impression of the church is that of the late middle ages, the result of work carried out during the 15thC and 16thC. The three-bay chancel, although having some 13thC masonry, is largely of the 15thC, as is the west tower. This style is typical of the Tudor period, with 4 bays divided by 3-stage buttresses. One of the windows in the chancel has an inset rose design window glass believed to be much older than the window itself and which may date back to Tudor times. There is also evidence of medieval graffiti – aimed at keeping out the Devil and all his works – and above the 19thC pulpit is a small piece of medieval wall painting.
Inside, there is a treasure trove of 17th and 18th Century memorials and commemorative plaques. Much of the interior was refurbished in mid to late Victorian times with new pews, tiled floors and some wonderful memorial stained glass windows dedicated to local people.
Tatenhill Church parish is currently part of a Joint Benefice with Barton-under-Needwood and Dunstall, under Rev. Andrew Ridley. For more information, please contact Andrew Ridley (01283 712359 ) or Philip Coleman (077 5358 4991, )
- The Church is open for anyone to stop by, take-in the history, enjoy the peace or for private prayer – every Wednesday 9-11am.
- The Church is open for morning prayers every Friday at 8:30am.
- The Second Sunday of each month sees a Communion Service.
- The Fourth Sunday of each month sees a Morning Service at 9am.
St. Michaels & All Angel’s now has a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/St-Michael-All-Angels-Tatenhill-549312215220744/