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Church of St Giles

A Grade II Listed Building in Shipbourne, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2472 / 51°14'49"N

Longitude: 0.2787 / 0°16'43"E

OS Eastings: 559132

OS Northings: 152242

OS Grid: TQ591522

Mapcode National: GBR MNF.R8L

Mapcode Global: VHHPT.SX59

Plus Code: 9F3267WH+VF

Entry Name: Church of St Giles

Listing Date: 25 August 1959

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1072580

English Heritage Legacy ID: 357409

Location: Shipbourne, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, TN11

County: Kent

District: Tonbridge and Malling

Civil Parish: Shipbourne

Built-Up Area: Shipbourne

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Shipbourne St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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25.8.59 Church of St Giles

Church. Fragmentary remains of C14 chapel on site after complete rebuilding 1721-22
by James Gibbs, later replaced 1879-81 by Maun and Saunders for Edward Cazalet of
Fairlawne. Nave and chancel church with transepts in neo-Decorated style. Central
tower. Coursed ragstone rubble with ashlar dressings. Tiled roofs. Tower. Pointed
arch openings at belfry stage. Crenellated parapet to pyramidal tiled roof with
weather-vane. Four corner animal gargoyles. North-east corner octagonal
stair-tower. Chancel. One bay. Three-light east window, gable parapet with kneelers
over. Transepts. Three-light and windows in recessed arches. Nave. Four bays.
Groups of 3 single light windows. Gabled north-west porch with gable-parapet and
kneelers. Columned arched entrance. Small round window in west end gable, pair of
2-light windows below. Interior. Full width arches across bays of nave with inlaid
decoration above and at impost level. Similar decoration above and around chancel
arch. Wooden barrel vault to nave with arved stone colonnettes supporting the ribs.
Ribbed and banded brick and stone vault to crossing. Shallow chancel with more inlaid
decoration, covered by boarded wooden vault. Carved reredos of Last Supper with
pinnacles over. Carved pulpit with moveable legs and parapet. Carved font with
marble legs. Wooden stalls with arched and pinnacled canopy across full width of west
end. Monument to Christopher Vane ; 1723 and his wife, Elizabeth, d.1725 in south
transept. Giant Aedicule surmounted by triangular pediment. Figures of Elizabeth to
left and Christopher to right, flanking urn on pedestal. Daughter, Elizabeth below,
kneeling. One arch from the medieval chapel survives, built into the interior of the
north transept. A photograph, an elevation and a plan of the Gibbs church are
displayed in the church.

Listing NGR: TQ5916252153

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