SK7961 : Church of St Giles, Cromwell

taken 5 years ago, near to Cromwell, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of St Giles, Cromwell
Church of St Giles, Cromwell
Nave roof looking west. The nearer portion is medieval, the far bay was rebuilt during the 1873 restoration.
Church of St Giles, Cromwell
The basis of the church is 13th century, comprising nave, chancel and south aisle. The 14th century saw the addition of the south chancel aisle and the rebuilding of the east end with an enlarged east window. The tower is believed to date from 1427 and unlike many neighbouring churches was built as a unit. The clerestory is late 15th/early 16th century Perpendicular work. Some 11th/12th century herringbone masonry exists in the north nave wall but is plastered over.

The arcade to the south aisle is Early English, relatively plain with circular columns; the chancel arch in matching style, but 19th century. The south chancel aisle is later and although still plain has octagonal columns. A prominent feature is the large 5-light east window, added in the 14th century with elaborate Decorated style tracery. The window in the south wall of the chancel is of similar date and has particularly flamboyant tracery. The two easternmost bays of the nave roof are original 15th/16th century work from when the clerestory was added.

Medieval fittings are almost entirely absent, there being just a pair of simple piscinas in the south wall of the sanctuary. Current fittings are all either late 19th century (from the time of the restoration in 1975) or 20th century. Unusually the church has no pulpit. There was one up until the restoration, but apparently not in good repair; it was removed and not replaced. Only one window - the eastern of the two on the north side of the chancel - has early coloured glass. This is mainly a collection of fragments but contains a shield bearing the arms of Idonea Vipont, married to John de Cromwell, younger brother of Ralph, c1301. This glass was inserted during the 1873 restoration.

The church is Listed Grade I. For more information see LinkExternal link
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 31 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Detail 
Period (from Tags)
15th Century 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7993 6153 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.6957N 0:48.3862W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7993 6153
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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