Holme St Giles

Official Listing Description

SK 85 NW




(North Side)

Church of St. Giles

Grade I

Parish Church. C12, C13, C15, C16, C18, restored 1932. In the main late C15 built for John Barton. Coursed rubble, ashlar, brick with rendering in parts. A string course extends under the windows of the south aisle and chapel. Pantile roofs, having coped gables and kneelers at the east end. Tower with spire, nave, south aisle with porch and south chapel, chancel. The C13 tower of 2 stages has an arched 4-light panel tracery window with hoodmould and label stops. The bell chamber has 4, 2-light openings with hoodmoulds and label stops. Those to the east and south are traceried with quatrefoil above, the west has tracery only and the northern one has neither hoodmould nor label stops. The broached spire has 4 carved heads, one at each point of the broach, with 4 lucarnes. The tower has 2 C15 diagonal buttresses with a shield carved onto the northern most one. The north has some C12 remains to the lower part of the wall, with remnants of a string course under the chancel windows. It is buttresed with ashlar and with C18 brick. There is a C13 doorway with double door under a pointed arch resting on lozenge decorated capitals. The chancel has 2, 4-light arched windows with panel tracery and hoodmoulds. At the east end the chancel, with C18 gable, has an arched 5-light reticulated and panel tracery window with cusping, hoodmould and label stops. The chapel, with C18 brick gable, has an arched 4-light panel tracery window with cusping, hoodmould and label stops. Between chancel and chapel is a carved head. The east wall is buttressed, the chapel has a single diagonal buttress to the south. The south side of the chapel has 2 arched 4-light panel tracery windows with cusping and hoodmoulds. Between chapel and aisle is a doorway with blind traceried door and hoodmould over. There are 2 carvings to the south aisle and a single one to the east end of the chapel, with 2 gargoyles to the south aisle. The whole of the south wall is buttressed. The 2 storey south porch with shaped gable and diagonal buttresses, each surmounted by a single gargoyle, has a central doorway with arch over supported by a pair of moulded capitals, above is a hoodmould surmounted by 7 mid C16 carved shields, a string course, a central 2-light arched window with hoodmould and label stops and an arch. In the re-entrant angle between the diagonal buttress at the west end of the south aisle and the porch is a semicircular turret containing a staircase. The west wall of the south aisle has an arched 4-light panel tracery window with cusping, hoodmould and label stops. The porch interior has a stoup deocrated with a shield, rose and head. The doorway has a depressed arch over. Interior. The nave and south aisle are separated by an arcade of 3 bays, the compound piers comprise 4 shafts and 4 hollows with capitals, the outer piers having castellated abaci. The chancel and south chapel are separated by 2 similar bays, however the capitals are decorated with leaves and roses. The tower screen (made out of pew panels from Attenborough) with 2 C16 urns stands below a chamfered arch supported by castellated abaci. South chapel and south aisle are separated by an arch supported by 2 carved heads. The north nave wall has an arched doorway, there is a doorway at the east end of the aisle and an arched doorway at its west end giving access to stairs leading to the chamber over the porch. The C15 pews to both nave and aisle have poppyheads. The pulpit incorporates Jacobean panels from Dean Hole's pulpit at Caunton. Chancel and nave are separated by a restored C15 decorated and coloured roodscreen surmounted by 3 C20 figures. The chancel has C15 pews with restored c17 balustraded altar rails. On either side of the altar is a bracket for an image and a c.1500 wrought iron candlestick. High up on the north and south walls are 6 recently painted corbels, 3 to either side. These supported former timber beams. The east window contains much medieval glass. Between chancel and chapel is the fine, elaborate and well preserved Barton monument. This is in 2 tiers, the upper tier with carved effigies of John and his wife Isabella is supported by depressed arches, below and lying within the arches is a cadaver, Around the base are 6 restored coloured shields with restored coloured decorations to edges and sides and castellated bratishing. The south or Lady chapel has a stone altar with 5 incised crosses standing on C20 supports. Either side of the altar is a decorated stone niche containing in the left side a damaged stone figure and in the right a stone crocketed pinnacle. There is a piscina in the south wall with a rose concealing the drainage hole and a crocketed ogee arch over, on the floor under is a C18 grave slab. The south wall also has a recently coloured carved winged angel supporting a C20 figure with a crocketed canopy over. The stalls have elaborate poppyheads. The screen separating chancel and chapel and the parclose screen are C15 but restored. High up on the walls are 4 corbels, 3 to the south and one to the north east, these have been recently repainted. The east window has some C15 coloured glass. The pew at the east end of the aisle has no poppyhead, but has blind tracery carved to its end. There is an octagonal font with recessed panels.