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Victorian Gothic

In the 1880s the church was enlarged by the addition of a north aisle. The architecture of this new part was made to blend in with previous work and so is not so easy to identify. The two westerly arches of the central arcade were built at this time, together with all that part to the north of them. Only the small door near the font is of a previous period. This is known as the "Saxon door" and is either late Saxon or early Norman and was moved to this position stone by stone when the new Victorian addition was made. lt previously stood opposite the main entrance to the church in the north wall of the nave.

To give some more idea of dates, the following may be of interest

Part of the Church This happened when... About.....years ago!
TOWER William the Conqueror was having
Domesday Book drawn up
925
STONE CRUSADER England's first Parliament was called 710

THE FONT

English longbows used in battle

 660
THE HEADLESS LADY Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales 600
    THE WEST WINDOW

Columbus discovered America

 510
THE SPIRE AND ONE BELL

Shakespeare writing his plays

 420

THE OTHER BELLS Samuel Pepys was born 350
THE CLOCK The railways were just starting
Paraffin had not yet been invented

175

THE NORTH AISLE

The Bluebell Railway had just begun
part of the LBSCR

125

THE ORGAN

The Wright brothers had just flown 100

We love our historic little Church but the one thing that the web can't convey and the one thing that stays in the mind long after a visit is the SMELL! No, not nasty, nor musty, but if you remember that some of the wood is nearly a thousand years old and for almost every week it has been polished with beeswax then it may give you some idea ! But the only real way to sample our little corner of England's green and pleasant land is to visit us soon. Leave a message in the visitors book, buy a postcard, maybe leave a small donation if you can, and take away the peace that you will find here.
Please visit us soon.
Read Giles Moore's Books
Learn about the 300 year history of the school
How the calendar has changed over the years
Certain parts of the above taken from "A Guide to the History of St. Giles' Church, Horsted Keynes". On sale in the Church. Price 50 pence. (Quite a bargain!)
Background Image St. Giles from a wood carving.
©horstedkeynes.com 2004

 

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