In February 2016 we were asked to prepare a Statement of Significance for the Grade I listed Romanesque church of St Michael and All Angels, Stewkley. The parish is currently uses a porta cabin o the vicarage drive for meetings and Sunday School. It is seeking a more sustainable solution by building a chapter house in the churchyard. This will potentially impact on the setting of this nationally important listed bulding.
The Church is a twelfth-century three-celled Romanesque church with a central tower. The building was restored in 1862 by the notable Victorian architect G.E. Street. Of particular significance is the extensive Romanesque sculpture, internally and externally, and the fact that the church retains its twelfth-century plan and external appearance.
Our statement of significance included an extensive section on the setting of the building, which draws on our experience of conservation area appraisals. The programme is ongoing. Our assessment of significance has informed the design by JBKS Architects.