Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Churches (14) : St. Michael, Huyton

The Church of St. Michael on the edge of Liverpool is Huyton's parish church. A church has probably existed on this site since Saxon times and at least since the 12th century. The current church dates from at least the 14th century with the tower and chancel surviving from then. The church was built from local red sandstone, the exterior is mostly from more modern refacing.

The church was reported to be in a "ruinous condition" [1] in 1555 with parts of the church including the chancel being unusable. Work on improving the condition of the church does not appear to have happened for some time with the church reported as still being in a poor state in 1592. The chancel was repaired in the mid-16th century with further repairs and rebuilding take place in the early 19th century. The aisles and arcade date from then.

[1] "The parish of Huyton: Introduction, church and charities." A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3. Eds. William Farrer, and J Brownbill. London: Victoria County History, 1907. 151-157. British History Online. Web. 16 January 2018. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp151-157.