St Michael

is the first of the patron saints of the church at Fewston. He is known as the Archangel and as such is a saint from Old Testament times. His name means 'Who is like unto God?' In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Michael is spoken of as the 'the great prince' and the protector of the people of Israel.

St Michael has had a strong following in the British Isles from early times. St Michael's Mount in Cornwall is believed to commemorate a vision there from the 5th century (or the 8th century according to different texts).

St Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness. His feast day is September 29th. This is generally referred to as the the feast of St Michael and All Angels.