St Giles, Barham, Huntingdonshire

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Feature Sets (2)


St Giles consists of a chancel, and a nave with a N aisle and a S doorway under a porch. The S doorway dates the church to the late 12thc.; the chancel and its arch were rebuilt c.1300, and in the late 14thc. the nave windows were replaced and the E bay of the arcade was rebuilt and widened. The exterior walls are of pebble rubble and stones, except for the S nave wall, which is of rough ashlar. The roofs are covered in tiles of mixed colours, producing an unfortunate chalet-like effect. The church was restored in 1842 when the porch and north wall of the aisle were rebuilt, and a bell-cote built on the west gable. The west wall was restored and the porch rebuilt again in 1903, and the chancel was restored in 1905.



Exterior Features


S nave doorway

Pointed, two orders.

1st order: chamfered jambs with imposts projecting only inwards, towards the door. They are hollow chamfered. The arch is plain and chamfered.

2nd order: octagonal en-delit nook-shafts on worn attic bases supporting double-scallop type capitals. Both capitals have sheathed scallops, but while the E capital is more or less conventional, the W one has no shields and the scallops themselves are concave rather than convex. The E capital appears to have a row of beading on the angle, but this is simply an accident of wear. Both capitals have tall abaci above the scallops, roll neckings, and imposts of the type found on the 1st order (i.e. not projecting to the S). In the arch is angled frontal chevron; a double-quirked roll. Outside, on the face of the arch, is a roll and a fillet to act as a label.



  • Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire. III (1936)
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough. Harmondsworth 1968, 207.
  • RCHM(E), An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire. London 1926, 16-17.
Exterior from S.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TL 137 755 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Huntingdonshire
now: Cambridgeshire
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Ely
now: St Giles
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter