MSO11721 - St Giles Church and Churchyard, 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] Graveyard in use since at least medieval times. [4] The remains of a medieval cross comprising a socket stone and a small stump of shaft survive in the churchyard. The socket stone is square at the bottom with sides of 0.7 metres, reducing to an octagon with broached corners. [5] The first rector was appointed in 1318. [7] 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. [8] 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. [9] 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. [10]

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.
  • <4> Unassigned: Aston, M. 13.12.76. Somerset County Council.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS83SE. 7.
  • <6> Serial: Royal Archaeological Institute. 1844 onwards. The Archaeological Journal. Volume 7 (1850), 300.
  • <7> Monograph: Church of St Giles information pamphlet.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 January 1995.
  • <9> Website: Imperial War Museum. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. UKNIWM reference: 24603.
  • <10> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 861 306 (85m by 48m)
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 HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35771
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31295
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34288

Record last edited

Nov 20 2019 9:36AM


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