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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.HistoryOriginally built around 1000–1050, with the tower of 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 nominal fee to climb the Tower and not that hard to climb. Fantastic views from the top. There were six of us up there at the same time which I found a little crowded to walk around as it is quit...  more »
  • The tower has an interesting history (starting from the 11th century) which is explained on the walls as you go up the stairs to the top, It is located in a central location, so the view from the top ...  more »
  • Oxford is a very busy frenetic loud place. St Michael's the Northgate is a place of refuge where peace and quiet can be found for contemplation. On a Friday at 12.30 there is a Book of Common Prayer C...  more »
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  • I have been told this is the oldest surviving structure in oxford. Very nice.
  • Best views of Oxford. The tower is also Oxford's only pre-Norman building, so a great place to start a private tour of Oxford.
  • A beautiful old church, while in Oxford, I was delighted to have this quiet place to go to !
  • A wonderful old church - with the highlight of spectacular views across Oxford from the tower, which is worth the trip. You can walk right round the top and get great views of the Radcliffe Camera and more.
  • lovely Oxford