Oxford, Oxfordshire

St. Michael's Tower, Oxford

Although chiefly known today as the best place to get a view of Oxford’s “dreaming spires” from inside the City, St. Michael’s Tower is also the oldest surviving building in the City. There are no records of precisely when the Tower was built – it is most certainly Anglo-Saxon unlike the rest of the church.

The first useful mention is in the Domesday Book of 1086 when the priests of St. Michael’s already owned two houses, implying that the church was already long established and important.

The remainder of the church dates from the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries, all built around the tower which predates them all by at least 200 years.

John Wesley preached here in 1726, some years before his more divisive sermons at the University Church.

In 1986 a massive restoration programme came to an end. A glass fronted visitors centre was added to the tower and a museum displays items as you climb to the top for the best view you can have of this almost ridiculously attractive City.

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