SY4292 : St Giles Parish Church, Chideock

taken 12 years ago, near to Chideock, Dorset, Great Britain

St Giles Parish Church, Chideock
St Giles Parish Church, Chideock
Small Dorset village on the busy A35(T). Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
Grade I & A listed buildings and structures
Grade I listed buildings and structures are of exceptional importance and even internationally important. There are over 6000 in the country. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I listed.
In Scotland the classification is A
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A35 Road
The A35 is a 97 mile long trunk road between Honiton and Southampton, via Poole and Bournemiouth. LinkExternal link
Church of St Giles, Chideock
Grade I listed. LinkExternal link I listed. LinkExternal link
It is all but impossible to say how old the Parish Church of St Giles is, because the present building has evolved over several hundred years. Today, it is pretty much as the Victorians left it after the restoration of 1884-85.
Much of the stonework is much older. The oldest part of the church is the nave which dates from the 12th Century. There was then, presumably a chancel too, where the altar now stands. The present chancel was built in the 1880’s.
In the 14th Century the north transept was added, (where the organ now stands). This appears to have been a private chapel for the lords of the manor. There used to be a door (by the side of the present pulpit) which would have given access across the churchyard to the castle. The 15th Century saw further building, the south aisle, the Arundell Chapel, the tower and the porch were all added.
The Arundell Chapel stands at the head of the south aisle. The Arundell family were lords of the manor from 1450 to 1802. They inherited Chideock by marriage, and in 1802, the then Lord Arundell sold the estate to his cousin, Thomas Weld. The chapel contains a 15th Century marble tomb and effigy thought to be Sir John Arundell.
The tower contains a belfry with a peal of 5 bells. The oldest, cast in 1602, has a freak inscription “Love Dog”. It should, of course read “Love God”, but the letters were accidentally transposed in the casting.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 December, 2006   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 2 January, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 4215 9286 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:43.9477N 2:49.2643W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 4216 9284
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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