Rycote, Oxfordshire, England

Chapel of St Michael

Chapel of St Michael

This fifteenth-century Chapel is worth visiting for its "exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing features, including two early seventeenth-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery". It has a legend associated with it that the yew tree to the south of the Chapel was planted at the coronation of King Stephen in 1135 as a seedling brought from the garden of Gethsemane.


The apparition of a woman in Tudor-period dress reputedly haunts the Chapel. The apparitional Grey Lady has been sighted walking outside the chapel and under a yew tree next to it. She is not the only phantom reported here. others have sighted a monk in brown and a milkmaid wearing 17th century attire both inside and outside the church.

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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Haunted Heritage by John Mason and Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Rycote is a hamlet in Oxfordshire, England.

It is situated 2.5 miles southwest of Thame.

Pictured left is the Chapel of St Michael, Rycote courtesy of Shaun Ferguson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.