MSO11721 - St Giles Church, Hawkridge (Building)


A parish church, mostly Perpendicular but with a Norman south door and with a chancel and base of tower dating to the 14th Century. It was restored in 1878. There is a Norman font inside.

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The church consists only of a nave and chancel with a tower at the west end. The fabric includes an east window and buttresses in the early Decorated style as well as early Norman features, such as a doorway on the north side of the tower and a circular font. The tower is 19th Century. In normal use. [1] The first rector was appointed in 1318. [6] In c. 1992 the western end of the oak vaulting was replaced after being damaged by scaffolding which was being used during repairs to the tower. [7] A wooden memorial commemorates two members of the parish who died in World War One. The memorial consists of an arched wooden board flanked by two fluted flat columns. [8] The building was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [9] The building is labelled "St Giles's Church (Rectory)" on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [10] The building is labelled "St Giles's Church" on the 2021 MasterMap data. [11]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS83SE. 4.
  • <2> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. 192.
  • <3> Monograph: Allen, N.V.. 1974. Churches and Chapels of Exmoor. Exmoor Press. 57.
  • <5> Serial: Royal Archaeological Institute. 1844 onwards. The Archaeological Journal. Volume 7 (1850), 300.
  • <6> Monograph: Church of St Giles information pamphlet.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 January 1995.
  • <8> Website: Imperial War Museum. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. UKNIWM reference: 24603.
  • <9> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <11>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47168 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 8611 3064 (23m by 10m)
Map sheet SS83SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/18/161
  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601467
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10793
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8674
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE4
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 35771
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31295
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34288

Record last edited

Mar 31 2021 4:53PM


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