St Michael's Church, Longstanton, Cambridgeshire
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A trend-setting thatched church
This church is typically and appealingly English in its setting. It is an adorable small village church in a quiet and idyllic corner. No wonder Americans built churches near Philadelphia and in South Dakota in imitation of St Michael's, with its perky double bellcote and thatched roof. Lovers of architecture will admire the superb thirteenth-century double piscina in the south chancel wall, with its two drains set beneath intersecting arches, similar to one in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge.
The church also has a holy well used until the 1880s for baptisms in the churchyard. There is also some lovely thirteenth-century painted glass in the windows.
04 August 2018 - 04 August 2018
Oscar Wilde comes to Longstanton! Come and see The Importance of being Earnest at St Michael's.
Saxon mermen in the smallest church in Cambridge
Victorian decorative genius. A church from our finest shortlist.
A pair of eccentric churches
There is a grassy rise up to the church and a step down into the South East entrance.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
7 miles north west of Cambridge (east of A14) off B1050
Nearest railway station:
Waterbeach (6 miles); Cambridge (6.5 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this churchCambridgeshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cambridgeshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Visit Cambridge tourism website: www.visitcambridge.org
- Cambridgeshire Family History Society: www.cfhs.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire Association for Local History: www.calh.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire history website: www.cambridgeshirehistory.com
- Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust: www.cambshistoricchurchestrust.co.uk