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Church of St Giles

A Grade I Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.778 / 54°46'40"N

Longitude: -1.5602 / 1°33'36"W

OS Eastings: 428388

OS Northings: 542653

OS Grid: NZ283426

Mapcode National: GBR KFK6.00

Mapcode Global: WHC4R.05BG

Plus Code: 9C6WQCHQ+5W

Entry Name: Church of St Giles

Listing Date: 6 May 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1159991

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110230

ID on this website: 101159991

Location: St Giles Church, Gilesgate, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 2842 NE,

GILESGATE (south side)

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.

EXTERIOR: Nave with south aisle and north porch; chancel with south vestry; west tower.
Square tower of four stages has clasping buttresses flanking restored three-light west
window with Perpendicular tracery; top stages have small square-headed window
and two-light belfry openings, traceried except on east side, below pinnacled
battlements. North wall of nave has three small windows, the west two 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; five-light
renewed east window; sill string. Buttressed south aisle has five Perpendicular
three-light windows.

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 five-bay arcade and
south organ chamber have two hollow chamfers to two-centred arches. three shafts support
double-chamfered renewed chancel arch; fragment of former chancel arch on north
with two head corbels. Tower arch of two 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 two 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.

Listing NGR: NZ2838742654

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