St Giles' Church, Camberwell

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St Giles' Church, Camberwell, is the parish church of Camberwell, a district of London which forms part of the London Borough of Southwark.wikipedia
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Camberwell

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St Giles' Church, Camberwell, is the parish church of Camberwell, a district of London which forms part of the London Borough of Southwark.
The name Camberwell was first applied to the Parish of St Giles, Camberwell, which included the village of Camberwell, and the hamlets of Peckham, Dulwich, Nunhead, and part of Herne Hill (the rest of Herne Hill was in the parish of Lambeth).

George Gilbert Scott

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St Giles' was the first major Gothic building by George Gilbert Scott, best known as architect of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial.
he designed the Martyrs' Memorial on St Giles', Oxford (1841), and St Giles' Church, Camberwell (1844), both of which helped establish his reputation within the movement.

St Giles Trust

The Camberwell Samaritans later became the St Giles Trust which continues to operate in Camberwell Church Street, a few minutes walk away from the church.
Based in the crypt of St Giles' Church, Camberwell, it provided emergency relief and support for the large number of homeless men in the area - a prevailing feature of Camberwell due to a number of local hostels and shelters, including the infamous Camberwell Spike.

James Chapman Bishop

The three-manual organ was constructed by James Chapman Bishop, a British organ builder founded in 1807 which as Bishop & Son remains one of the oldest and last surviving organ builders in the country.

Charles Masterman

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On the North side is a plaque commemorating Charles Masterman (1873–1927), instigator of the National Health Insurance system (the precursor of the NHS) and his family.
He was buried in St Giles' Church, Camberwell where a plaque commemorates him and other members of his family.

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St Giles' Church, Camberwell, is the parish church of Camberwell, a district of London which forms part of the London Borough of Southwark.

London Borough of Southwark

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St Giles' Church, Camberwell, is the parish church of Camberwell, a district of London which forms part of the London Borough of Southwark.

Anglican Diocese of Southwark

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It is part of Camberwell Deanery within the Anglican Diocese of Southwark in the Church of England.

Church of England

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It is part of Camberwell Deanery within the Anglican Diocese of Southwark in the Church of England.

Saint Giles

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The church is dedicated to Saint Giles, the patron saint of the disabled.

Anglo-Saxons

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The Anglo-Saxon church on the site of St Giles', and recorded in the Domesday Book, was almost certainly built of wood and stood amongst fields and woodland.

Domesday Book

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The Anglo-Saxon church on the site of St Giles', and recorded in the Domesday Book, was almost certainly built of wood and stood amongst fields and woodland.

Box pew

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Numerous alterations and extensions took place over the next three hundred years and by the 18th century, the church was crammed with box pews.

Gothic Revival architecture

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St Giles' was the first major Gothic building by George Gilbert Scott, best known as architect of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial.

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St Giles' was the first major Gothic building by George Gilbert Scott, best known as architect of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial.

Albert Memorial

St Giles' was the first major Gothic building by George Gilbert Scott, best known as architect of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial.

Bishop of Winchester

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The new church was consecrated on 21 November 1844 by the diocesan Bishop of Winchester.

Cruciform

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The church was built to a cruciform shape with a central tower surmounted by an octagonal spire of 210 feet (64 m). St Giles' Church is laid out in a cruciform plan and has gabled transepts.

Spire

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The church was built to a cruciform shape with a central tower surmounted by an octagonal spire of 210 feet (64 m).

Caen

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Much of the facing stone was imported from Caen in Normandy, but by the 1870s the majority of this stone was removed due to decay caused by pollution.

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Much of the facing stone was imported from Caen in Normandy, but by the 1870s the majority of this stone was removed due to decay caused by pollution.

Portland stone

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Appreciating his mistake, Scott paid for the church to be refaced with Portland stone which was more suitable for the London atmosphere.

World War II

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The church suffered considerably in the Second World War with many of the stained-glass windows being destroyed.

Transept

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St Giles' Church is laid out in a cruciform plan and has gabled transepts.

Clerestory

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The nave has a clerestory and lower aisles with five bays and gabled entrance porches.