St Giles Church, Norwich
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century brass lectern and hammer beam angel roof
The most obvious feature is the striking west tower, which reaches 120 feet high making it the tallest in Norwich. The tower was used as a beacon, and you can still see the beacon basket used for holding firewood.
Though most of the nave is original, the chancel was completely rebuilt in the Victorian period. The hammer-beam nave roof is one of the best interior features; it has carved angels holding heraldic shields with the arms of both England and France.
St Giles has very limited opening times. When we visited this was only a few hours one day a week; which is strange because when we did visit we were greeted by some extremely friendly parishioners who took great pride in the church and were keen to point out the most interesting historical features. I found the interior wonderfully spacious, with the high clerestorey letting it loads of light, and making it easy to see the wonderful hammer beam roof and carved angels. This must be one of the best roofs in Norwich - quite a claim since there are so many historic churches in the city! The roof was probably the highlight for me, along with the 15th century eagle lectern, which was so beautifully crafted that it could pass for Victorian.
About St Giles on the Hill
Address: St Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR2 1AB
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 3 blocks west of the market place, 15 minutes walk from the castle car parks. Limited opening hours.
Website: St Giles on the Hill
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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