St. Michael at the Northgate, Oxford

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St Michael at the North Gate is a church in Cornmarket Street, at the junction with Ship Street, in central Oxford, England. The church is so-called because this is the location of the original north gate of Oxford when it was surrounded by a city wall.
Originally built around 1000–1050, with the tower from 1040 still in existence, the church is Oxford's oldest building. It was constructed of Coral Rag. The church tower is Saxon. The architect John Plowman rebuilt the north aisle and transept in 1833.
The Oxford Martyrs were imprisoned in the Bocardo Prison by the church before they were burnt at the stake in what is now Broad Street nearby, then immediately outside the city walls, in 1555 and 1556. Their cell door can be seen on display in the church's tower.
St Michael at the North Gate is the current City Church of Oxford. That title was originally held by St Martin's Church at Carfax, and then by All Saints Church in the High Street when St Martin's Church was demolished in 1896. City Church status passed to St Michael's when All Saints Church was declared redundant in 1971 (it was subsequently converted into the library of Lincoln College, Oxford). The City Church is where the Mayor and Corporation of Oxford are expected to worship. The parishes of St Martin's and All Saints are now amalgamated with St Michael's.
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  • Very old church, from what I have seen restored quite recently, that on Monday mornings hosts free concerts of classical music, to which everyone is welcome and where you can listen to the musicians sipping tea or coffee and eating sweets, in Silence. The church is beautiful but the spectacle offered by the public is even more interesting.
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  • Located on Cornmarket Street a little up form the Carfax Tower St. Michael is worth a visit. The oldest church in Oxford and great views form the tower (if the weather is good). I thought the market t...  more »
  • Despite the beautiful church "St. Michael at the Northgate", the Saxon Tower is a wonderful alternative to the Carfay Tower. The small church is a jewel and has a unique organ. The Saxon Tower offers a clearly visible clock/bell work and 4 beautiful large bells. The stairwell to the top of the tower is easy to walk on.
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  • A lovely church, with many historical features and associations - the deaths of Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley, and a Saxon tower.
  • Cornmarket St, Oxford OX1 3EY Services Sunday Morning Services 8:00 am – HOLY COMMUNION 10:30 am – SUNG SERVICES (fully Choral on special occasions)
  • See the font used by William Shakespeare to baptise his friend's son, William Davenant, who went on to become himself a writer plus a gun smuggler. Church has a Saxon tower you can climb up plus St Michael slaying a dragon on view
  • Lovely little church
  • This is a very atmospheric church in a busy part of Oxford. The people are very friendly and welcoming. We attended choral Mattins today and found that the choir was excellent. I'd recommend it for either a visit or for attending a service.
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