Aldershot: St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot

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The land on which St Michael's now stands was personally owned by Alfred the Great and when he died he left the land to the monks of Winchester (maybe there was a place of worship here before that time).
It is likely that the church was built sometime between 1120 and 1150 - there are signs of the middle ages around the church and the oldest bell in the tower has been rung since 1380.
During the reign of Elizabeth 1 the tower was rebuilt and formed part of a beacon chain to warn against the coming of the Spanish.
In 1645 Royalist troops invaded the village and set fire to it but St Michael's was spared the fire and survived.
The clock was installed in 1799 (as well as a turret bell) and in 1801 a body snatching scare led to the construction of the distinctive brick-arched graves in the churchyard.
By 1859 (when the Army Camp arrived) the population of Aldershot had grown from 875 to 16,000 and St Michael's was extended but soon swamped. The town centre was moved a mile north and extra churches were built and St Michael's was spared further pressures of urban improvement in the late 19th century.
The church took on its present shape in 1911 when a further extension was completed.

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Jane Lacey
The Vicarage, 120 Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 3SS
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Holy Communion
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
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Holy Communion
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Family Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments
Every Sunday Evening our service is BCP Evensong (mostly said but once a month is sung)
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Communion Service
Our regular mid week communion followed by tea/coffee in the Parish Room
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 40 minutes
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight


Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 8074
Built: 0
Our Patron: The Bishop
Archdeaconry: SURREY (171)
Deanery: ALDERSHOT (17101)
Parish Legal Name: Aldershot St Michael the Archangel (170005 )
CofE Church Info: (617005 17/5)
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This page was last updated on Saturday 26th November 2016
Aldershot: St Michael the Archangel : Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 3SS - at the top of Church Hill

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