ST MICHAEL AT PLEA

St Michael closed in 1971, and stood empty until the Trust took it on.

Its initial use was as an antiques market, with a café in the chancel. When this came to an end, it was taken over by the SPCK bookshop in 2004, which continued the café. The SPCK sold its bookshops to another charity in 2006, but as it was domiciled in the USA, it was not possible to reassign the lease. So it became an independent shop under the same manager, which is its use still.

Work here has included the installation (and later refurbishment) of a kitchen and WC in the chancel chapel.

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