St Michael’s Church

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Brough is divided into two settlements by the busy A66. Market Brough to the north was on the original A66 and has a few shops. Church Brough to the south is much smaller and is built round the church and castle.

The church is tucked away down a lane at the southern edge of the village. It is a long low building with a massive defensive tower at the west end. There is little information on the web and little more information in the leaflet in the church. It was built around 1150 as a daughter church of Kirby Stephen and was enlarged and rebuilt in the 14 and 16th centuries.

The south wall and doorway are the only part of the Norman church to survive. Unfortunately the south porch is kept locked so there is no chance of seeing the beak heads around the Norman south door.

Entry is through the north porch and steps lead down into the church. Inside it is a very long and low building with C15th wooden roof . It is very dark inside, making photography difficult.

Octagonal pillars with pointed arches separate the nave from the very wide north aisle.

Steps lead up to the chancel with a dark wood carved reredos below the C19th stained glass east window.

Having visited the church, I now understand why there is so little information about it. There is little to say. It can best be summed up as well cared for, but unexceptional. At the back is an exhibition about the region.

The church is open daily.

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