Update January 2018 The Civic Society is leading a partnership bid for ownership of this fire damaged church. The bid was lodged with agents acting for the Diocese in mid December and we have recently heard that we have been invited for interview on Monday 15th January. Our proposals seek to restore the building with a flexible performance space in the former nave area and with other accommodation being provided in order to generate a sustainable business plan in the longer term. We hope that this disposal process will lead to the church being restored and brought back into beneficial use as soon as possible.
St Michael the Archangel on the Mount Without had been boarded up since 1999 when it closed due to dwindling congregations. Rebuilt in 1775-77 in a Gothic style but retaining a mid-15th century tower, St Michael's is Grade II*-listed. The Diocese still owns the church and a number of possible new uses have been considered over the years, including as an addition to the adjacent school and as a running shop. In October 2016 a deliberately-started fire partially destroyed the building and the Diocese failed to erect a false roof to protect the interior from the weather. The Church has now put the building on the market.