Friday, 23 December 2016

St. Michael and All Angels - The Interior

A general view of the nave

Inside the church of St. Michael and All Angels in Hathersage, the nave and arcades are considered to form part of the original church that was built in 1381 and although the capitals to the north arcade are described by Sir Nicholas Pevsner as being very odd, the octagonal columns and pointed arches to both arcades are similar in style to each other, as well as to the arches in the chancel and tower.

Capitals to the north arcade

With not enough time to properly look around, I didn't have a good look at the masonry to the walls of the aisles but, looking up in the nave, there is a clear change in its style above the level of the arcade where the clerestory has been added. Also, at each end of the nave and above the rear of the chancel arch, there are old rooflines that show where the roof has been raised.

A view of the chancel and tower arches and old rooflines

Much of the general internal walling appears to have been covered in limewash at some time that, like the weathering of the exterior, obscures much of the original colour of the stone here but the finely cut stones to the arcades show that the Millstone Grit is generally buff/brown with various amounts of iron staining.

A detail of a capital to the tower

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