Bredon, St Giles Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent medieval glass
HistoryIt seems likely that the impressive medieval church stands on the site of a Saxon church. we do know that there was an early monastery here, but exactly where it was located is a mystery. The first monastery was founded before AD 780, when King Offa of Mercia gave estates in Worcestershire to the monks of Bredon. Some time around AD 841 the monastery was destroyed by marauding Danes, the monastic treasure was looted, and the monks either killed or fled in terror. Around 1180 the Normans began a completely new church, and work continued on and off until the mid-13th century. It is possible that the same team of masons worked on Tewkesbury Abbey and St Giles church
HighlightsThe spire is one of the highest in region at 161 feet, and certainly one of the most attractively proportioned. The spire is an easily recognised local landmark, and was mentioned in a poem by AE Houseman called ;'Summertime on Bredon', where he wrote:
In summertime on Bredon
The bells they sound so clear
Round both the shires they ring them
In steeples far and near
A happy noise to hear.
The south aisle, later named The Mitton Chapel, is a wonderful example of Early English style, with double lancet windows and detached shafts of Purbeck marble. On the sanctuary steps are beautifully preserved medieval floor tiles.
I've been to St Giles several times and each time I come away moved by the sheer beauty of the building and the wealth of historic features. The Reed memorial is a fabulous piece of 17th century craftsmanship, and the heart tomb is fascinating. The church is normally open daylight hours.
About Bredon, St Giles
Address: Church Street, Bredon, Worcestershire, England, GL20 7LT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Photo Credit: David Ross
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