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Description: Church of St.giles
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110230
OS Grid Reference: NZ2838842653
OS Grid Coordinates: 428388, 542653
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7780, -1.5602
DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE GILESGATE
NZ 2842 NE (South side)
11/178 Church of St. Giles
Parish church. Part of the hospital of St. Giles founded 1112 AD; north nave
wall c.1114; chancel late C12; tower early C13 and early C15; c.1873 south
aisle and vestry, north porch. Sandstone, most coursed and squared, with ashlar
dressings; porch snecked sandstone; plinth. Roofs not visible.
Nave with south aisle and north porch; chancel with south vestry; west tower.
Square tower of 4 stages has clasping buttresses flanking restored 3-light west
window with Perpendicular tracery; top stages have small square-headed window
and 2-light belfry openings, traceried except on east side, below pinnacled
battlements. North wall of nave has 3 small windows, the west 2 round-headed
and with shallow chamfered surround, that at east renewed; massive buttresses
define east bay which was original chancel. Later chancel has blocked north door;
shafted round-headed north and south windows with zig-zag moulding; 5-light
renewed east window; sill string. Buttressed south aisle has 5 Perpendicular
Interior: coursed squared sandstone, raised on the north in rubble, in nave and
chancel; tower rubble; C19 work painted plaster with ashlar dressings; panelled
roof on painted corbels and tie-beams. Octagonal columns in 5-bay arcade and
south organ chamber have 2 hollow chamfers to 2-centred arches. 3 shafts support
double-chamfered renewed chancel arch; fragment of former chancel arch on north
with 2 head corbels. Tower arch of 2 orders has dog-tooth corbels. North door,
re-sited from south, has cushion capitals and zig-zag moulding; deep splays to
nave north windows; chancel windows have water-leaf capitals and zig-zag drip
string. Blocked round-headed doors in chancel and adjacent to north door. Font
in tower has large lead-lined bowl on round pedestal with cushion capital.
In chancel wood effigy of John Heath of Kepier, died 1591, in armour; head rests
on cock-crested helmet, feet on scroll containing 2 skulls with motto 'Hodie
mihi cras tibi'; Heath arms on shield hanging from renewed wooden chest.
Porch contains fragment of tegulated coped medieval grave-cover.
Source: V.C.H. Durham, III, 1928 reprint 1968, 186-190.
Listing NGR: NZ2838742654
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Source: English Heritage
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