Loppington, St Michael and All Angels
The chancel and nave of this handsome Grade I listed church are C13th and the south aisle and tower are C15th.
The nave roof was burnt off in 1643 during the Civil War and renewed in elaborate style.
The interior walls are bare stone. The arcade was renewed when the church was restored in 1869.
Most of the fittings are C19th although the panelled pulpit is probably early C18th.
There are four C18th funerary hatchments in the chancel (north wall) and aisle (south wall) and C18th and C19th wall memorials to local families throughout the church.
Bat surveys in summer 2021 found that at least three bat species use St Michael's church as a roost site: common and soprano pipistrelles, and Natterer’s bats.
The mess and smell are particularly bad May to August over the bat breeding season when the pews must be covered with plastic sheets.
The heritage hatchments and tapestries are suffering some damage from bat urine.
The church had bat surveys in 2021 and is working with the Bats in Churches project to find solutions to reduce bat-related damage and mess, without harming the bats.