Arthuret church was within the See of the Abbot of Jedburgh about 1150, but there may well have been a church before this time. The church was allowed to fall into decay over the next few centuries. In 1606 James I wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury pointing out the decayed state of the church and the poor state of the parish. It was directed that a collection be made in all churches one Sunday in every three months for four quarters to build a new church at Arthuret. The present church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, dates from 1609 and this year we have celebrated the 400 th anniversary.
The church of St Michael and All Angels is situated on a hill in the ancient parish of Arthuret and overlooks the market town of Longtown with fine views of the surrounding countryside. The current church dates from 1609 and is designed in perpendicular style with battlemented parapets. It was built through national subscription on the order of James VI and I and, allegedly, due to a plea by Archie Armstrong, his court jester, who came from this area. The grave of Archie is in the churchyard. Arthuret has a large churchyard comprising an old section on the South side and a relatively new area on the North side.