St Michael at the Northgate
St Michael at the Northgate is a church in
Cornmarket Street, at the junction with Ship Street, 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. Dating from 1040, it is Oxford's oldest building. The church tower is Saxon.
Oxford Martyrswere 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 Northgate is the City Church of Oxford. That title was originally held by the Church of St Martin,
Carfax, and then by All Saint's, High Street when St Martin's was demolished in 1896. City Church status passed to St Michael's when All Saints was declared redundant in 1971 (it was subsequently converted into the library of Lincoln College, Oxford) [http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/high/tour/north/allsaints_church.htm] . The parishes of St Martin's and All Saints are now amalgamated with St Michael's.
William Morrisand Jane Burden(who lived off Holywell Streetnearby) were married here on 26 April, 1859. The marriage certificate is on view in the Saxon tower [http://www.10best.com/Oxford/Sights_&_Activities/Historic_Sites/] . John Wesley's pulpit is also on view here.
St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, to the north
* [http://www.smng.org.uk/ St Michael at the Northgate website]
* [http://www.smng.org.uk/see/history.htm A brief history of St Michael at the Northgate Church, Oxford]
* [http://www.oxfordcityguide.com/SeeAndDo/SightSeeing.html Photograph and other information on OxfordCityGuide.com]
* [http://www.mytravelguide.com/attractions/profile-78713605-United_Kingdom_Oxford_St_Michael_at_the_Northgate.html MyTravelGuide.com information]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Northgate — can refer to: Contents 1 Historical structures 2 Places 3 Schools 4 Businesses 5 Railway sta … Wikipedia
Northgate Hall — Location of Northgate Hall within central Oxford The Northgate … Wikipedia
Northgate plc — Type Public (LSE: NTG) Industry Vehicle rental Founded … Wikipedia
Michael Page International — Type Public (LSE: MPI) Industry Recruitment … Wikipedia
The Long Blondes — Background information Origin Sheffield, England … Wikipedia
The Rank Group — plc Type Public (LSE: RNK) Industry … Wikipedia
Northgate High School (Ipswich) — For schools of the same name, see Northgate High School (disambiguation). Northgate High School Type Comprehensive Headteacher David Hutton Specialisms Languages, Science Location Sidegate Lane West … Wikipedia
The Village at Corte Madera — Infobox shopping mallNote: This page is a marketing ad from The Macerich Co. in Santa Monica, Ca. shopping mall name = The Village at Corte Madera image width = caption = location = Corte Madera, CA USA opening date = 1985 closing date =… … Wikipedia
University Church of St Mary the Virgin — Parish church name = University Church of St Mary the Virgin caption = The church from the High Street. dedication = Blessed Virgin Mary denomination = Church of England tradition = liberal catholic parish = Oxford deanery = archdeaconry =… … Wikipedia
Beating the Bounds — In former times, when the parish was an essential unit of both religious and local government organization, it was imperative that the exact parish boundaries be generally known, agreed, and, most important of all, remembered from generation… … A Dictionary of English folklore