SK7961 : St. Giles' church

taken 4 months ago, near to Cromwell, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

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St. Giles' church
St. Giles' church
Grade I listed parish church beside the Old Great North Road
Church of St Giles, Cromwell

The basis of the church is 13th century, comprising nave, chancel and south aisle. The 14th century saw the addition of the south chancel aisle and the rebuilding of the east end with an enlarged east window. The tower is believed to date from 1427 and unlike many neighbouring churches was built as a unit. The clerestory is late 15th/early 16th century Perpendicular work. Some 11th/12th century herringbone masonry exists in the north nave wall but is plastered over.

The arcade to the south aisle is Early English, relatively plain with circular columns; the chancel arch in matching style, but 19th century. The south chancel aisle is later and although still plain has octagonal columns. A prominent feature is the large 5-light east window, added in the 14th century with elaborate Decorated style tracery. The window in the south wall of the chancel is of similar date and has particularly flamboyant tracery. The two easternmost bays of the nave roof are original 15th/16th century work from when the clerestory was added.

Medieval fittings are almost entirely absent, there being just a pair of simple piscinas in the south wall of the sanctuary. Current fittings are all either late 19th century (from the time of the restoration in 1875) or 20th century. Unusually the church has no pulpit. There was one up until the restoration, but apparently not in good repair; it was removed and not replaced. Only one window - the eastern of the two on the north side of the chancel - has early coloured glass. This is mainly a collection of fragments but contains a shield bearing the arms of Idonea Vipont, married to John de Cromwell, younger brother of Ralph, c1301. This glass was inserted during the 1873 restoration.

The church is Listed Grade I. For more information see LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Monday, 22 March, 2021   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 24 March, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7992 6152 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.6904N 0:48.3954W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7989 6151
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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