Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them.
Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The maker of the card is shown in brackets (where available).
All pictures on this page are from my own collection, but are not my copyright. If you wish to repost or reuse them would you please out of courtesy let me know.
A drawing of the church (from the east) dated 1809 and credited to
Charles Tomkins. Note the Cupola on the tower. This suggests
it may actually be earlier (the steeple was build in 1800).
The Church was dedicated to St Michael the Archangel in 1964, as the previous dedication was long lost. The oldest part (the tower) dates from about 1070 and was mentioned in the Domesday book, the tower certainly formed part of the original building, its wall being over five feet thick. It was originally built as a refuge for the villagers from French raiding parties, they used to come ashore at Newtown creek. It initially had no external entrance, a ladder had to be climbed to the roof to gain access. An entrance was built in the 13th century but this has caused stability problems since then since there are very poor foundations. It has now been underpinned.
The church itself can be traced in its present form to the 13th century. A Steeple was added to the tower in about 1812, this was purchased by the sale of the parish gun and of the bells which would have rung from the steeple. This resulted in the local saying:
"Shalfleet poor and simple people
Sold their bells to build a steeple."