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"St Giles-in-the fields" St. Giles in the Fields Church Tip by uglyscot

  St Giles in the Fields
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  • St Giles in the Fields - London
      St Giles in the Fields
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  • iron bound box dated 1630 - London
      iron bound box dated 1630
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  • board about the church - London
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I'd discovered my great grandmother Mary had lived in St Giles High Street, so decided the area needed paying a visit. It lies between Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Russell Street, and is also close to Charing Cross Road and Soho, on one side and Bloomsbury and the British Museum on the other.
The present day Church of St Giles in the fields today was built in the 1730s. Its origins date to 1101 when the devout Queen Matilda, wife of Henry I founded a hospital for the poor and lepers in Holborn . The church has no stained glass apart from the window representing the transfiguration above the altar. The pulpit was given to the church in 1676. There are paintings of Moses and Aaron and interesting reredos.
The dhurchyard has few remaining tombs but there are memorials inside to the dramatist George Chapman, Lord Byron, The Shelleys, and many other notables.
In the south lobby is a 17th century iron-bound chest dated 1630.
I was lucky at finding the rector in the church and he helped me search in the parish registers for baptisms of my great grand-father and his sister. The registers are handwritten on vellum and date back to 1568. Unfortunately we did not find them, so will have to search elsewhere- if they were actually baptised at all.

Address: St Giles High Street
Directions: between Shaftesbury Avenue, Denmark Street , New Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road.
Phone: +44 20 7240 2532

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  • Written Oct 22, 2008
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