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Torridge (District Authority)
St. Giles on the Heath
National Grid Reference:
SX 35367 90756


SX 39 SE ST GILES ON THE HEATH ST GILES ON THE HEATH 5/45 Church of St Giles 23.8.57


Parish church. Chancel and possibly tower C13, aisle C15, restorations of circa 1868 by Sedding and 1878 by J.P. St Aubyn. Stone rubble with granite dressings, slate roof with C19 crested ridge tiles. A small C13 church of west tower, nave and chancel was enlarged in the C15 by a 5-bay south aisle. The church was reseated by Sedding in circa 1868 (Whites Directory), the south wall rebuilt, the tower raised and re-roofed and the body of the church re- roofed by St Aubyn in 1878. The south west porch is largely C19. Some Early English features, mostly Perpendicular and C19. The east end has deep eaves and bargeboards of decoratively-cut slate typical of St Aubyn. 3-light C15 Perpendicular granite east window with cusped lights, hoodmould and label stops. On the north side the nave plinth indicates considerable rebuilding, deep eaves. To the west, a chamfered 2-centered arched blocked priest's doorway with broach stops. The chancel window is a late C13 cinquefoil-headed lancet with a deep internal splay. To the left and right of the priest's doorway a pair of chamfered lancets, probably C19 copies of medieval windows with stanchions, saddle bars and deep internal splays. The south aisle has deep eaves with bargeboards of decoratively cut slate and a 3-light granite Perpendicular style with hoodmould and carved label stops. The aisle has three 3-light square-headed cusped south windows, the 2 easternmost are circa late C15 granite with carved label stops, the westernmost is a C19 freestone replacement. The south west porch has deep eaves, slate bargeboards and a shallow-moulded outer doorway with a slightly cambered head. The porch has a circa 1878 roof and a 2-centred arched chamfered inner doorway with broach stops. The porch floor is laid with slates on end in a chequerboard design. 2-stage unbuttressed west tower flush with the nave wall with a high string course, an 1878 pyramidal slate roof and a C19 polygonal stone chimney shaft on the south west corner breaking through the roof. The tower has a hollow-chamfered 2-centred arched west doorway with broach stops, hoodmould and label stops. 2-light square- headed cusped belfry openings on the north, south and east faces are C19. The tower roof is crowned by a C19 weathervane. Interior Walls plastered except the west wall, no chancel arch, low double- chamfered tower arch with an approximately semi-circular head. 5-bay granite south arcade, the piers of 4 hollows and 4 shafts, carved moulded capitals to the shafts only, the hollows terminating in a moulded stop. The capitals are unusually large for the height of the piers. Circa 1878 braced collar rafter roofs with struts on to the wallplates. The timber work is open above the arcade between the nave and aisle. The font may be C12 or C13: a plain palyphant bowl on a square base carved with palmettes in roundels and ramshorn stops, the base is not necessarily contemporary with the bowl. The chancel screen is 2 sections of cut down'wainscot from a circa late C15 rood screen. Some unusual C16 or possibly C17 softwood bench ends, repaired and fitted to C19 benches. The bench ends are wide and rectangular with hollow- chamfered borders: debased blind tracery is carved below various motifs including a flower, a fleur de lis and a man's head. Circa early C20 pulpit of'timber traceried panels on a granite base, early C20 gabled timber reredos, the central gable with a nodding ogee, the side panels carved with lilies and roses. C19 timber lectern. Large slate ledger stone fixed to east wall of south aisle commemorating Thomas Carey, date probably of 1583, inscription round border. On the south wall of the aisle a slate memorial commemorating Thomas Spettigue of East Panson (qv), died 1735: a segmental-headed slate with the inscription framed by Corinthian pilasters and an entablature. On the north wall of the aisle a nowy-headed memorial slate to Edward Mill, died 1760, and other members of the family, a flower and angel carved in the head and a scratch-moulded border. A reredos of the circa early C19 is fixed to the south wall of the aisle at the west end, 4 slate panels are inscribed with the 10 Commandments, Creed and Lords Prayers, the outer panels are pedimented, the inner panels segmental-headed with the IHS monogram above.

Listing NGR: SX3536790756


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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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Date: 27 Jul 2001
Reference: IOE01/05165/33
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Barbara Hilton. Source Historic England Archive
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