Church of St Michael at the North Gate
Conrmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY
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Expert review of Church of St Michael at the North Gate
This sturdy Saxon tower of St Michael’s church dates from around 1050 and is probably the oldest surviving building in Oxford. The church was recorded in the Domesday Book as owning “two houses worth 52d’. Inside there is 13th-century stained glass, a 14th-century font where Shakespeare may well have stood as a Godparent, an Elizabethan chalice dated to 1562 and a rather over-sized organ.
The door from Archbishop Cranmer's prison cell is to be found if you ascend the tower. It was from the top of St Michael's tower that Cranmer watched Bishops Ridley and Latimer burn to death. Their execution took place outside the medieval city walls in what is now Broad Street.
These days the tower is accessed trough the shop (or visitor reception centre, as it is known). As you climb you will also pass the 19th-century clock mechanism and at the top there is a panoramic view of the city and the hills beyond, which featured in an episode of Inspector Morse.
Entry to the church is free; tower admission costs £2 for adults, £1 for children and £1.50 for concessions.
More information on Church of St Michael at the North Gate:
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- Religious site
- Conrmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY
- 01865 240 940
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Nov-Mar Mon-Sat 10.30am-4pm; Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm. Sun 8am for Holy Communion, last Sunday service at 6pm.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cranmer, Inspector Morse