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OUR LOCAL CHURCH

 We often visit our local church, St Michael and All Angels . It is a beautiful church and we use it for collective worship and many festivals, such as Harvest, Christmas and our special leavers' service. A brief history
 The fine tower of Spennithorne church is older than Middleham Castle.

Early days
There was evidently a church here in Anglo-Saxon times, and there was certainly a church in existence by the time of the Norman Conquest.
By 1086 the Anglo-Saxon thegns* had been ousted in favour of a Norman Lord. By the 13th century the Spennithorne Estate had passed to descendants of the Fitz Randolphs who held the land until the 16th century

*(Thegn [thane] in Anglo-Saxon England a lesser nobleman granted land by the King or a higher ranking nobleman)

Rebuilt and enlarged
By the middle of the 12th century the church had been built and enlarged, with the existing tower probably dating from the 14th century, when the aisles were also widened to their present width. The chancel would also have been rebuilt and extended eastwards to its present length with the vestry being added on the north side.

The church now
The structure of the church now is still basically a medieval building of which so much remains in the 21st century.
 In the 1970’s and 1980’s Spennithorne church was featured in the BBC television series “All Creatures Great and Small”.
A more detailed history and description of St. Michael & All Angel’s Church can be found in a booklet by V. H. H. Green which is held in the church, price 50p.

 

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