The Church of St. Michael, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England
We had a short time to visit the church of St. Michaels back in 2005. Some of Duncan's family were from Aldbourne and as we were passing near the village we made a slight detour for an impromptu visit. What a beautiful church we found, full of history and some wonderful features, all in a beautiful village setting. We were able to take some photographs before the church was closed up and had every intention of returning to take some more but alas we still have not managed to do so some 15 years later when writing these notes! It sometimes feels like an on-going theme for us - good intentions of returning to photograph what we missed, but never enough time to do so. Another annoyance for us was many of our photographs were blurred so need to be re-taken. We hope you will enjoy seeing a glimpse into the church building from the photographs we did manage to take.
The church of St. Michael is a Grade I listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the Historic England website.
The church is part of a team - the Whitton Team - which covers some other churches in the area too. Their website has a page for Aldbourne at www.whittonteam.org.uk. We'd like to mention a section on this page which tells us that it costs over £1,000 a week (yes, a WEEK) to keep the church ticking over - if you can spare anything to help keep this building open, there are details of how to make a donation on that page - you'll need to scroll down it a bit to see it. At the time of writing (June 2020) the UK is in 'Lockdown' and the churches are closed and fundraising activities cancelled making the financies an even bigger worry than usual.