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St Michael’s Church, Highgate

St Michael’s is Grade II* listed principally for its Architectural interest as it is a particularly large and ambitious church of the 1830s, and it also incorporates work by three leading architects of the Gothic Revival period. The original church comprised a (liturgical) west tower and a six-bay aisled and galleried nave with a short sanctuary recess at its east end and to accommodate the steep slope there was a low under croft beneath. St Michael’s Church Hall, a late 20th-century two-storey extension, was constructed in the 1980s from contrastingly lightweight materials on the south side, to the design of Cowper Poole Reynolds and Towns, an Architect who was a member of the Congregation.

We obtained faculty to carry out urgent works to the lead roof and adjoining link to the Church, both leaking. The Hall roof was entirely stripped, insulated and leadwork renewed comprising ventilation. Parapets were raised to suit.

Works also included adjustments to the stone cills of two stained glass windows facing the link roof, constantly subject to water penetration. Stone repairs to the surrounds were also carried out.

Internally we developed proposals to refurbish the Parish office, the Choir Room and toilets. Works were completed in 2021.

Photographs by Carlotta Luke.