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...
||William the Conqueror was having
Domesday Book drawn up
||England's first Parliament was called
English longbows used in battle
|THE HEADLESS LADY
||Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales
| THE WEST WINDOW
Columbus discovered America
|THE SPIRE AND ONE BELL
Shakespeare writing his plays
|THE OTHER BELLS
||Samuel Pepys was born
||The railways were just starting
Paraffin had not yet been invented
THE NORTH AISLE
|The Bluebell Railway had just begun
part of the LBSCR
|The Wright brothers had just flown
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
Background Image St. Giles from a wood carving.
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