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Description: Church of St Giles
Date Listed: 18 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 107451
OS Grid Reference: SU0319111960
OS Grid Coordinates: 403191, 111960
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9071, -1.9560
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WIMBORNE ST GILES
SU 0311 WIMBORNE ST GILES VILLAGE
13/116 Church of St Giles
Parish church, some possibly medieval work in north wall of tower, main
body of church 1732, north aisle, colonnades and refitting 1910. C18 work
stylistically attributed to John and William Bastard, C20 work by Sir Ninian
Comper. In style the building is early-Georgian classical eclectically
gothisised in the early C20. Ashlar, chequered flint and ashlar and
banded flint and ashlar with ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Plan: structurally
undivided nave and chancel; west tower incorporating west porch; north aisle;
extremely narrow south aisle; south porch. I;Test tower; 3 stages separated
by moulded strings; rusticated quoins; plain parapet with balustraded
panel above a modillioned cornice; corner vase finials; west doorway with
panelled door and Tuscan pilasters supporting entablature and pediment;
round-headed window with rusticated surround above; small round-headed
window to south wall; middle stage has circular openings; round-headed
belfry windows with key blocks and imposts. Rave has 3 round headed windows
with moulded architraves, imposts and keystones. Chancel doorway has panelled
door, Tuscan columns supporting entablature with pulvinated frieze. Chancel
has rounded window with bulls-eye over. C20 windows with square heads and
idiosyncratic tracery. South porch is pedimented with round arch having
keystone and imposts.
Internal features; 4 bay arcades with round columns with moulded bases
and caps bearing shields supporting 4-centred arches of 2 chamfered orders;
C20 nave and chancel roof with braced tie-beam trusses springing from carved
angels and having queen struts, the out parts of the trusses being filled
with open grilles, plasterwork ceiling; C20 braced, beamed roof to aisle;
C20 carved oak screen to chancel with figures of the Crucifixion, the
Apostles etc; C20 alabaster reredos with figures of saints etc; C20
gallery with organ by Harrison and Harrison; C17 strapwork font with C20
cover; some reset C16 glass; other glass C20 by Comper; a number of fine
monuments, including effigies, to the Ashley family from the C17 to date
and a largely reconstructed effigy of an early c14 Knight; other fittings
largely C20. (RCHM, Dorset, vol V, p 92-4, no. 1, Newman, J and Pevsner, N.
The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p 469-10).
Listing NGR: SU0319211961
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Source: English Heritage
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