St Michael
Pictures of the interior wanted, please
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1 - 3.  Views of St Michael's Church from the west and north west.

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4 - 6.  The south side of the church, showing in particular the central pediment and doorway.

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7.  The north side of the church.

"The church still has a rich 15th C. tower, but the bulk of the building was transformed in 1723-5, after the manner of Vanburgh, by a local carpenter-cum-architect, Edward Wing. His alterations are uncompromisingly domestic in style with windows in two storeys, and illustrate one of the phases of history of English churches which the Victorians tried to pretend had never existed." (R Stanley-Morgan ARIBA and Gyles Isham in 1958 in CEPC)

Aynho is described in Simon Jenkins's England's Thousand Best Churches as a "Baroque church with Georgian fittings", and goes on to say . . .

"Aynho is a church, a house, a village and a landscape on the Oxfordshire - Northamptonshire border.  This setting arose on the ruins of Aynho left by the Civil War.  The Cartwright family rebuilt the house over a period of forty years and survived here until 1954, when two generations of Cartwrights, father and son, were both killed in a car crash.  The big house is divided into flats.  The churchyard is an ornamental lawn, adjacent to the drive and looking out over the park to the Cherwell valley and the M40 in the distance.

"The church architect in 1723 was a local carpenter-cum-mason, Edward Wing, designing in the English Baroque [style] of of Archer and Hawksmoor.  Thomas Archer had himself worked at Aynho House, and Wing's north and south elevations to the church might be practice runs for the façade of a country house, with a central pediment and doorway.  The ceiling is a dreadful 1960's insertion and the grisaille glass shuts out what should be the glory of the church, a view of the trees and walls of the churchyard. But the west gallery and handsome box-pews survive, with a fine wooden lectern, candleholders and painted organ pipes."

There are also two windows by Kempe in the south aisle which are "some compensation".

Dove's reference for the bells:

Aynho, Northants, St Michael, 8, 16-1-20 in F. Tuesday 


Map reference : SP514331

The church stands in the centre of the village, on the south side of the main road, and approached down a short dead-end.  The church car park is immediately after the turn off, on the left hand side.  The church was locked at the time of our visit, and no reference was to be found as to the whereabouts of the key. (March 2002)

Photographs: © Edwin Macadam 2004

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