Some of it's more unusual 'features'
include deep marks on the north side of the bell tower where Roundhead
solders used the walls as a 'whetstone' to sharpen their pikes during
the English civil war. We also have a very rare and unusual pentagonal
window, a shape more commonly associated with the occult!
St Giles also has a special place in the missionary
world as the home of Rev Dr Thomas Bray. His work started the Anglican
missionary movement over 300 years ago when he bought the Anglican
church to the shores of America.
Our Bell tower was erected around 1460, the builders
invoice is still carved in to one of the pillars. The tower houses
6 bells and we have 2 teams of 'adult' bell ringers and a team of
Unfortunately the sandstone tower is eroding at
an alarming rate and is in need of significant repair. If we are
unable to do the remedial work the church will have to close on
safety grounds. The costs of the repair are estimated at approximately
£186,000 We are working hard and with the support of The Heritage
Lottery fund and other sources including the church's
many friends we have raised mch of what is needed, however we still need to
raise approximately £24,000.
You can find information about Rev Dr Thomas Bray,
Our Church Tower and the Tower fund, the octagonal window and much
more on our web site.
With it's facinating history St Giles is clearly
a church with a considrable amount of special interest, but what
has always made St Giles a special place is it's people. Unfortunately
the best way to experience this is not on the web but the old fashion
way, in person. So why not take the time and come to see us one
Sunday, we can assure you of a warm welcome.