North Cadbury

Our Church Warden at St Michael the Archangel, North Cadbury

Caroline Joneleit Hope

Telephone:      01963 440683


Amenities and Activities

St Michaels is the largest church within the Camelot Group of Churches.

Our hymn singing is accompanied by the traditional church organ.  We host over 20 weddings per year and baptisms usually take place within our church services.

We offer refreshments in church after services as an opportunity for fellowship, including an invitation to breakfast at a nearby house after the 8.00am Communion.

We have regular shared luncheons, Lent Luncheons, Harvest Luncheons which take place in the North Cadbury Village Hall.

Regular Special Church services are held in North Cadbury Church of England Primary School

Annual Advent and Carol services take place in our church and further information is available under the What’s On section of the website.

We host occasional Organ Recitals

Prayer and bible study meetings are organised by Steve and Caroline Joneleit-Hope and Delia Cuckney as part of the Small Groups meetings.

St. Michaels has regular bell ringing practice

Everybody is welcome to attend our services.  For more details please see the What’s On section.

All church events and services are currently suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Giving thanks at St. Michael’s, North Cadbury

There is much to give thanks for at St. Michael’s.  For centuries, our church has been a spiritual home to generations of villagers and the building itself has not only helped shape the character of our village but is a reminder of the presence of God in our daily lives, supporting people at times of joy and of sorrow.  We are grateful to all who support our work – generously giving their time, their talents and their money.  St. Michael’s is very much at the heart of our community life, offering a haven of peace and reflection.  The church stands as a reminder of the presence of God in our daily lives.

Your support will help us to…

  • Continue to offer regular worship, in addition to Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, and those services which bring the community together at Christmas, Easter, Harvest, and Remembrance. 
  • Visit the sick, bereaved and others in pastoral need. 
  • Care for our church building, so that this focus for community and spiritual life can be passed on to future generations.  Whilst we are greatly indebted to The Friends for their generous support, the day to day maintenance of the church and churchyard is the separate responsibility of the Parochial Church Council. 
  • Develop exciting new work with children and young people in collaboration with our church school and pre-school group.

Through giving his life for us, Jesus provided

the ultimate demonstration of God’s generosity.

Giving is at the centre of God’s character.

God gives us life, and his giving is renewed daily.


The form ” Donation, Regular Giving and Gift Aid form ” is available here:North Cad Form for Donations and gift aid (1)

Gift of talents

Keeping the church running and ready for worship involves many tasks from setting up for and attending services, through cleaning the church and organising repairs to completing the inevitable paperwork … and that is before considering the mission work!  At St. Michael’s the Churchwardens take the vast majority of this work upon their shoulders.  Not only is this unfair, it makes the job unnecessarily burdensome and unattractive to those who might otherwise offer themselves for this service to God.

Part of the diversity of God’s creation is the unique way in which we have all been created and equipped with talents, aptitudes, gifts and skills:  all of which are generous gifts from a generous God.  How much better it would be if the tasks could be shared more widely so that many hands could indeed make light work of the tasks we need to undertake!  The gift of talents section of the Promise Form asks you to consider what tasks you might be able to help with, either on a regular basis or occasionally.  Please be assured that training will be given!

Read more about the Parish Promise Programme 2015.  Please place this form in the box in Church by 31 October 2015 or send it to: Jane Martin, The Registry House, Sandbrook Lane, Galhampton, BA22 7BG

The Friends of St. Michael’s

The Friends of St. Michael’s, North Cadbury was instituted in 1983, since when it has provided continuing financial support by which to finance the improvement and repair of the fabric of the Church.

The Friends are not necessarily regular attenders at the Church and many live far away but have a past connection with and affection for the Church.  All share in one common objective which is to ensure that one of the finest Churches in Somerset is maintained to the highest possible standard and improved when necessarily, for the benefit of the present community and future generations.

Anyone wishing to become a Friend, either by arranging a Standing Order or by making a donation, should contact the Treasurer, Paddi Weller on: 01963 440147 or by e-mail:

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The church of St Michael the Archangel stands in a large churchyard approached from an avenue on the southern edge of the village.  It forms with the Elizabethan North Cadbury Court and the Georgian former Rectory ‘an uncommonly fine picture’ in the words of Nikolaus Pevsner.  Built by Lady Elizabeth Botreaux in 1420, it was intended ‘to establish therin a perpetual college of seven chaplains, one to preside and to be called the Rector of the College of St Michael the Archangel’.  But the priests seemed never to have arrived.  This grand perpendicular church with huge chancel, nave, arcades, clerestories, ailes and uniquely matching north and south porches was added to an existing tower.  Some tasteful restoration dates from the 19th century.

Significant features in the church and churchyard

View from the west end noting timber ‘Somerset’ roof with tie-beams and king posts, more elaborate by former Rood suspended from the panelled chancel arch on which can be seen staples for fixing it and the shroud for covering it in Lent

Bench ends dating from the 1530’s the chief glory of this glorius church – which is your favourite – Virgin and Child, medieval portraits, church, heads nose to nose, cat and mousetrap, crane, man and donkey, another?

Stained glass – east window of Our Lord in Majesty by Clayton and Bell; west window by Dennis King, Norwich incorporating eight 15th century saints

Two-storey porches with stone lierne vaults – north, a priest’s room with spy holes without and within the church; south, a strong room

Furnishings – perpendicular font; attractive painted organ case; peal of six bells dating from the 18th century in the tower

Magnificent 19th century reredos with four 20th century statues of the evangelists by Lyn Constable-Maxwell

Three chest tombs under the tower, one with effigies presumed of William and Elizabeth Botreaux c.1400. two c.1600

On north wall pre-Reformation mensa (stone altar) with five crosses representing the Wounds of Christ

Sedilia (seats for clergy); piscina

Vestry with letters of the alphabet indicating use as a schoolroom

Chancel with high windows to allow for stalls

20th century lavatory – for your convenience

On northwest aisle window a pintel for fixing a shutter to protect the glass from damage by fives players

On south chancel wall a buttress a mass or scratch dial (type of sundial)

Ornate porches with statues in niches and sundial on south porch

Fine view of remarkable perpendicular 15th century church

On stable wall, Redemption Sculpture by John Robinson

Extensive view from tower, especially towards Cadbury Castle

Windows with solid ferramenta (ironwork)

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For information on Safeguarding including contact details for the Parish Safeguarding Officer please refer to the Safeguarding Statement on the Homepage of this Camelot Parishes website.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”