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HER Number:MDV11052
Name:St Giles Parish Church

Summary

The 13th century parish church of St Giles in Sidmouth was rebuilt in the 15th century and reconstructed in the 18th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 125 873
Map Sheet:SY18NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSidmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSIDMOUTH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5024
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY18NW/50
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 87250

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XI to XXI - 1001 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Reichel, O. J., 1898, The Domesday Churches of Devon, 311 (Article in Serial). SDV863.

Reichel suggests that there may have been an oratory at "St Michael's, Sidmouth" for the church of Mont St Michel, at the time of Domesday. It appears to be referred to in the Domesday book.


Reichel, O. J., 1900-1901, Foreign Churches and their Properties in Devon, 252 & 254 (Article in Serial). SDV6502.

In the middle ages Sidmouth belonged to the church of St Michael's of Monte Tuba in France


Cresswell, B. F., 1919, Untitled Source, 208 (Monograph). SDV337190.

On August 31 1206 "Ecclesiam de Sithemuge" confirmed by Bishop Marshall to the Abbey Montis Sancti Michaelis in Periculo Maris.


Cornish, J. G., 1932 - 1933, The quarries of Salcombe Regis, 30-2 (Article in Serial). SDV337192.

The old church probably built with stone from North Coombe Quarries, Salcombe Regis. For the 19th century rebuilding South Down Quarry in the same parish was used.


Reichel, O. J., 1939, The Church and the Hundreds in Devon, 340 (Article in Serial). SDV15424.

Reichel discusses the foundation of the early church in relation to the Hundred of East Budleigh.


Gibbens, G. H., 1950, A Short History of Sidmouth, 223 & 227 (Article in Serial). SDV337191.

The church was rebuilt in 1433 in perpendicular style. Mostly pulled down in 1859, but parts of the old church were saved by P O Hutchinson who re-erected them as part of his house.


Hughes, G. W. G., 1950, Account of the proceedings at the annual meeting at Sidmouth, 12 (Article in Serial). SDV337189.

Visited in July 1950. St. Giles' Church, sidmouth. Called (erroneously) St Michael's by hughes. Little left of original church after extensive restoration and enlargement in 1860. Old chancel saved by Mr P O Hutchinson who re-erected it adjoining his own house nearby.


Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 478 (Monograph). SDV17562.

The tower survives from the 15th century church.


Department of Environment, 1973, Sidmouth, 22 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV98992.

Church of St Giles with St Nicholas. Original church dedicated in 1295. Rebuilt in 15th century, existing tower of this date. In 1860 the church was entirely reconstructed except for the tower by W White. Reredos by S S Teulon. Duke of Kent memorial window presented by Queen Victoria in 1867, designed by Hughes. Fragments of the original fabric were preserved by a famous local character, the antiquary Peter Orlando Hutchinson.


Travers, A., 2002, The Development of St Nicholas with St Giles, Sidmouth, Devon (Report - non-specific). SDV351800.

Results of research of documentary history of the church, with particular reference to the 19th century layout and decorative schemes.


Brown, S., 2004, Evaluation, Church of St Giles and St Nicholas, Sidmouth, 1 (Report - Evaluation). SDV349135.

Three small trial trenches were opened within the present church nave and crossing, both of which date from the 1860's when the medieival church was largely rebuilt.

Trench 1 exposed mortared stone footings belonging to the south wall of the former medieval church chancel.

Trench 2 located a grave dating from the 18th or 19th century and part of another linear feature of similar date, possibly a second grave.

Trench 3 investigated the uppermost levels of a graveyard soil in an area lying inside the present church, but outside the former medieval church, a little to the south of the medieval chancel. The graveyard soil contained numerous bones from disturbed infant burials, as well as one articulated skeleton of an infant aged 1-2 years.


Glover, F., 2007, Bones from St Giles and St Nicholas Parish Church, Sidmouth (Un-published). SDV351910.

Bones found when a drainage ditch was dug next to Sidmouth parish church, found above a previous drainage pipe, not in situ. Re-buried in same location.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15424Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1939. The Church and the Hundreds in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A5 Paperback. 340.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 478.
SDV337189Article in Serial: Hughes, G. W. G.. 1950. Account of the proceedings at the annual meeting at Sidmouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 12.
SDV337190Monograph: Cresswell, B. F.. 1919. Notes on Devon Churches: Deanery of Ottery. Unknown. 208.
SDV337191Article in Serial: Gibbens, G. H.. 1950. A Short History of Sidmouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 223 & 227.
SDV337192Article in Serial: Cornish, J. G.. 1932 - 1933. The quarries of Salcombe Regis. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 17. Unknown. 30-2.
SDV349135Report - Evaluation: Brown, S.. 2004. Evaluation, Church of St Giles and St Nicholas, Sidmouth. Stewart Brown Associates Report. A4 stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV351800Report - non-specific: Travers, A.. 2002. The Development of St Nicholas with St Giles, Sidmouth, Devon. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants Report. K669. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV351910Un-published: Glover, F.. 2007. Bones from St Giles and St Nicholas Parish Church, Sidmouth. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #69952 ]
SDV6502Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1900-1901. Foreign Churches and their Properties in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 1.1. Unknown. 252 & 254.
SDV863Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1898. The Domesday Churches of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 30. A5 Paperback. 311.
SDV98992List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1973. Sidmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 22.

Associated Monuments

MDV107075Parent of: Sidmouth World War I Memorial Tablet, Church of St Giles and St Nicholas (Monument)
MDV107076Parent of: Sidmouth World War II Memorial Tablet, Church of St Giles and St Nicholas (Monument)
MDV44014Parent of: St Giles Parish Church, Church Plate (Find Spot)
MDV11055Parent of: St Giles Parish Church, Font (Monument)
MDV11055Related to: St Giles Parish Church, Font (Monument)
MDV11054Parent of: St Giles Parish Church, Memorial (Monument)
MDV11053Parent of: St Giles Parish Church, Stained Glass Window (Find Spot)
MDV28236Related to: HOUSE in the Parish of Sidmouth (Building)
MDV18447Related to: North Coombe Quarry, Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV18449Related to: South Down Quarry, South of The Longhouse, Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV11055Parent of: St Giles Parish Church, Font (Monument)
MDV11055Related to: St Giles Parish Church, Font (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV2020 - HUMAN REMAINS (XVI to XVIII - 1540 AD to 1749 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV5742 - Evaluation, Church of St Giles and St Nicholas

Date Last Edited:Dec 7 2017 10:02AM