St Michael at the North Gate Oxford

Light Perceptions

Origins: C11th, C13th-C15th additions. C19th Restoration by GE Street.
Listed: Grade I
Project Type: Interior Relighting Project
Project cost: circa £71,000 ex VAT and fees
Completed: September 2012
Case Study No: 3279

St Michael at the North Gate is the City Church in Oxford. 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 of 1040 still in existence, the church is Oxford’s oldest building. The church tower is Saxon. 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

The new lighting scheme replaced a simple spotlighting scheme installed in the 1980s and was installed as part of an internal redecoration and cleaning programme.

Bespoke chandeliers have been designed for the nave and aisles and use the latest of LED lamp technology. LED spotlighting provides carefully focused accent lighting and uplighting to the chancel ceiling.

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Posted On: July 14, 2014