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Description: Church of St Giles
Date Listed: 12 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 111189
OS Grid Reference: NY9929113514
OS Grid Coordinates: 399291, 513514
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5169, -2.0124
BOWES THE STREET
33/27 Church of St. Giles
Parish church. Mid C12 nave; C13 chancel; C14 north and south transepts; c.1404
south porch. Extensively restored and north porch added in 1863 by Messrs. Hay
of Liverpool. Coursed and partly-rendered sandstone rubble; graduated green
slate roofs. Aisleless nave with north and south porches and transepts; chancel.
All windows, except for east window are trefoil-headed lancets of 1863.
4-bay nave: fragments of low plinth; flat buttresses at west; large 3-light west
window under pointed hoodmould; west bellcote with twin pointed openings;
steeply-pitched roof with coped gables and shaped footstones.
Buttressed, lower and narrower 4-bay chancel: C19 priest's door to south; late
C15 Perpendicular 3-light east window with panel tracery and a depressed-pointed
head under hollow-chamfered hoodmould; steeply-pitched roof.
Gabled south porch: moulded pointed-arched doorway under hoodmould with eastern
head stop; worn crucifixion relief in gable. Gabled north porch with pointed-
arched doorway. Mid C12 doorways, within both porches, have chamfered round
arches; datestone (AN:DO:) above north door. Gabled transepts each with 2
lancets; 2 sculptured stones in north transept gable.
Painted and plastered interior. North transept has double-chamfered arch dying
into wall and a pointed-arched piscina with fluted drain. Chancel with similar
arch on moulded semicircular mid-wall corbels; pointed-arched piscina in south
chancel wall has foliated cross-slab head in rear wall; round rear-arch of a
blocked priest's door in north chancel wall.
Fittings and monuments: Inscribed Roman dedication stone in north transept.
Large grave slab,with sword and hound,to west of north door; several other
medieval grave slab fragments. 2 fonts flanking north door: C12 circular bowl
with incised zig-zag on C13 stem with 4 engaged shafts; this stem probably
belonged to the other font, a C13 circular bowl with 3 bands of leafwork, which
now stands upon a re-cut fragment of a Roman altar. Small, possibly C17 circular
bowl, with small relief of a human figure and raised geometric decoration, to
east of north door. Plaque dated 1878, on south nave wall, records a sum of
money raised, by the friends of Thomas Headlam to augment the living of Bowes.
(Rev. William Oliver, The Story of Bowes Church, 1944).
Listing NGR: NY9929113514
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Source: English Heritage
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