ST PETER’S CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT
REVEREND HUMPHREY MICHEL

The Story of Reverend Humphrey Michel and his controversial time in Horninghold


Reverend Humphrey Michel

Diary Extracts 1701 to 1711





The Reverend Humphrey Michel was the incumbent priest in Horninghold from 1676 to 1723.  
He was a very controversial figure who had many battles with the congregation and the Church of England.
He was a stanch royalist and wrote many sermons on the execution of King Charles I and the regicide.
Humphrey kept a Diary which is believed to be held at the Leicestershire Archaeological
and Historical Society.  

Various extracts of the Diary have been published and a document found in St Peters Church reads:

Humfrey Michael, one of the strangest men to take Holy Orders was vicar of Horninghold for
nearly 50 years.  As late as 1702 he was still crying out against the murderers of King Charles.  
He kept a diary full of quaint grumblings.
‘January 22nd, 1709, “It was such cold freezing winter I was forced to preach but once a fortnight,
for fear I should starve myself and my hearers”  When the weather was right his servant was wrong,
“Mary Ellis I would not hire again, she is a heathen, idle, and has spoiled several vessels ….
and has lost the door key”.
To the end he was grumbling with Horninghold & is buried in Blaston.