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History of St Michael's


St Michael's Church settled in the picturesque Hodder Valley dates back to a period between 1478-1521 being rebuilt in 1817 two years after the Battle of Waterloo.


The Magnificent stained glass  window depicts the birth of Christ and was put in around 1900 in memory of Edward Parker


Resplendent on one wall is a 300 year old tapestry, a copy of an oil painting by "Reubens" which shows the first Good Friday afternoon. The tapestry was in the Parker family for 200 years and was loaned to the church just before the last war.

Steeped with history, the old vicar of Whitewell "Reverend Thomas Brangwin Reid" took up residents in May 1947. Tommy as he was locally known, hand carved the font lid and a procession cross made from a hay rake and an old army form. Tommy now rests in peace on the church grounds graveyard.


The picture below of St Michael's Church was taken in 1921. Whitewell is a really quant village, this medieval church and the Whitewell Inn are the only buildings of any note or size. Many members of the Royal family have in the past stayed at the Inn whilst hunting or travelling round England.

St Michael's Church 1921

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