St. Michael's, Markington

A Bit About the Building

Built at the instigation of the eldest son of the celebrated William Wilberforce, St. Michael's was consecrated on 29th October 1844.  The architect was Mr. A.H. Cates of York.

The East window in creditted to William Wailes, whose work is seen in many West Yorkshire churches, including Ripon Cathedral.

The church building has seen some rough times - a storm in 1962 blew down the belfry, and the bells now bear the inscription '1844 recast 1966 following the disasterous storm February 1962.'  On 10th Septmber 1973 the building suffered a fire in the vestry, and the destruction of the Altar Frontals, Vestments, Robes, Linen, Furnishings, and many records.  The main body of the church suffered substantial smoke damage.  It wasn't until Good Friday, 12th April, 1974 that rebuilding work began.

Repairs involved a number of improvements to the church, including installation of new lighting, carpetting, the altar was moved from its Eastward facing position.