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Church of St Giles, Ashtead

Description: Church of St Giles

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 290395

OS Grid Reference: TQ1928658005
OS Grid Coordinates: 519286, 158005
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3087, -0.2900

Location: Park Lane, Leatherhead, Surrey KT23 3BS

Locality: Ashtead
Local Authority: Mole Valley District Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: KT23 3BS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Earthworks near St Giles' Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

TQ 1858-1958
7/13 & 8/13
7.9.51 Church of St Giles


Parish church. Early C12 nave (extended westwards in early C15), C13 chancel,
early C15 west tower; heavily restored and altered, and south porch, north
transept and choir vestry added, in C19. Mostly flint, with some Roman tiles
included, some C19 red brick, limestone and sandstone dressings, stone slate roof.
The tower, rectangular in plan and of 4 low stages, the upper half set back
slightly, has a chamfered plinth, diagonal buttresses and south-east stair-turret; a
4-centred arched west doorway with strap-hinged studded plank double-doors,
cavetto moulding to the arch, hollow spandrels, a square-headed cavetto-moulded
surround and a C19 hoodmould with figured stops; a C19 square-headed 3-light
window to the 2nd stage, C19 2-fight windows on each stage above, both with
arched lights and the upper with wooden louvres; a C19 embattled parapet; and a
pyramidal roof with weathervane. The other sides of the tower have belfry
windows only, that on the east side of 3 lights; and the stair-turret has small
square-headed lancets on 3 levels (now glazed). The 3-bay nave has a gabled
south porch in the centre, a 2-centred arched 2-light window to the left and a
square-headed 3-light window to the right, all these C19. The 2-bay chancel has
similar windows in reverse order, diagonal buttresses at the east end, a C19 4-
centred arched 3-light east window, and traces of a former gable line to the
left of this. The north side is mostly covered by the C19 transept and vestry.
Interior: C19 scissor-braced roofs in nave and transept, C19 wagon-roof in
chancel, all elaborately carved; C16 octagonal font with quatrefoil panels; C16
Flemish east window (attributed to Lambert Lombard of Liege), formerly in the
abbey of Herckenrode and presented to this church in 1818; numerous wall
monuments in the chancel, including: 2 small lettered brasses to Dorothea
Quinnella (d.1640) and John Browne (d.1590) "Sergeant of Her Majesties Wood
Yeard"; wall tablets to Henry Newdigate (d.1629) - in rectangular architrave
with Ionic pilasters; Sarah Bond (d.1712) - a fine draped aedicule with weeping
putti etc; William, son of George Duncumb (d.1698) - architrave with fluted
Ionic colonettes; Thomas Howard (d.1701) - in a fine aedicule with putti and
crest; Diana, Lady Dudley and Ward (d.1709) - carved aedicule with crest;
Frances Howard (d.1818); Fulke Greville Howard (d.1846); and in the nave, a
large pedimented monument to Lady Diana Fielding (d.1733), with a bust in a
circular recess. History: originated as chapel to the manor of Ashtead, and
stands close to the site of the former manor house.

Listing NGR: TQ1928658005

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Source: English Heritage

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