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Hertsmere (District Authority)
South Mimms
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TL 22231 01196


TL 20 SW POTTERS BAR BLANCHE LANE (East side) South Mimms

4/184 Church of 20.5.49 St. Giles (Formerly listed as Parish GV I Church of St. Giles)

Parish Church. C13 origin to chancel. Nave late C14/early C15. Tower mid C15. N aisle and chapel built pursuant to will of H. Frowyk, d.1527. Refenestration, refacing of all but tower, S porch and much of interior by G.E. Street, 1877-8. Split flint rubble, stone dressings. Red brick N aisle and chapel. Tiled roof. Chancel:steeply pitched roof, ridge taller and eaves lower than nave. Traceried 3-light E window. Diagonal buttresses. S wall: one 2-light traceried window flanked by buttresses, to left an entrance with chamfered pointed surround and a low side window with cusped trefoil head. Nave S wall: two 2-light traceried windows, 3 buttresses, unevenly spaced. Embattled parapet. Timber S porch on stone base: 2 bays, traceried headed openings, leaded lights in outer bay, arch braced roof, cusped bargeboards. S entrance: pointed arch with hollow moulded jambs. W tower: 3 stages, angle buttresses. W entrance, nail studded door under pointed arch with moulded jambs.Above a 3-light window with 4-centred head. 2nd stage: clock to W and single cinquefoiled light with square head to S. Three similar 2 light windows in 3rd stage. Embattled parapet. Stair turret to SE with slit windows, semi-octagonal upper stage, broached to SE. N aisle, ridge taller than nave. 4 bays separated by buttresses. N wall has 3 square headed windows to E with 3 cinquefoiled lights. Similar window on W gable end wall.N chapel: 2 bays, lower ridge, similar windows and buttresses. Interior: tower arch with semi-octagonal responds to 2-centred arch with hollow chamfered orders. C15 plank and batten door to stair turret. 4-bay N aisle arcade, octagonal piers, 4-centred arches. Remains of rood stair and entrance to wall passage in recess of E window in nave S wall. 2-bay arcade from chancel to N chapel, octagonal pier and responds, 4-centred arches. Chancel S wall:piscina with trefoiled head. Nave and chancel roof of 1877 with ceiled E end. Plain C16 roof to N aisle and chapel, chamfered beams, painted in chapel. W end of nave: 2 C16 linenfold bench ends with moulded capping used as model for Street's seating. C13/C14 font:plain square bowl, octagonal stem with traceried panels on 4 sides, 4 ringed shafts also support bowl.Gilt font cover by N. Comper 1938.C13/C14 hutch type chest with foliate carved feet and remains of panelled ornament, rosettes in cusped rails. Early C16 screen to N chapel:10 bays to aisle and 16 to chancel, closed base, open panels above with steeply gabled crocketed and cusped heads. 2 entrances with carved ogee heads and Frowyk's leopard's head ornament. Rood screen, lectern and pulpit by Street. Canopy over C19 statue on E respond of N aisle arcade by N.Comper. Monuments: Chancel N wall to H.Frowyk the Elder c.1540. An early conjunction of Perp and Renaissance.Chest tomb with quatrefoiled panels and central niche to front. Ogee headed panels to E. 4 centred arched canopy with quatrefoiled panelled soffit supported by 4 enriched balusters on ringed shafts. N chapel N wall to H.Frowyk the Younger c.1530-40, a similar tomb but pure Perp.4 shields of arms on multifoiled panelled front to chest. Leopards' heads in quatrefoils on sides. 4 centred arch to canopy with vaulted panelled soffit. 4 ringed corner shafts with terminals above canopy. Effigy on chest, armoured figure with head on helmet, feet on lion. Chancel S wall:C17 wall slabs. Nave S wall: early C17 wall slab with sarcophagus below an enriched panel with a recessed skull in a strapwork cartouche.Aedicular C18 slab above. Brasses in chancel, N chapel, nave and tower floors. Glass:kneeling figures in civil costume in N aisle windows and W window of N chapel, inscribed date 1526. (RCHM 1910,Pevsner 1977,VCH Middlesex 1976).

Listing NGR: TL2223101196


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Books and journals
Cockburn, J S, King, H P F, McDonnell, K G T, The Victoria History of the County of Middlesex, (1976)
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977)
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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