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St Andrew, Steeple Gidding, Huntingdonshire

(52°25′7″N, 0°20′12″W)
Steeple Gidding
TL 132 814
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Huntingdonshire
now Cambridgeshire
  • Ron Baxter

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St Andrew's has a clerestoried nave with a four-bay S aisle, a square-ended aisleless chancel and a battlemented W tower bearing a spire with two tiers of lucarnes. The building is substantially 14thc., but part of the S doorway is 12thc., as is a holy water stoup set just inside it. The nave and aisle are of squared ashlar; the chancel and tower of stone rubble. The church was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1872-73, and at this time the 15thc. S porch was replaced by the present one. The tower and spire were restored in 1899.


The manor of 7 hides was held by the Abbot of Ramsey in 1086. No church was mentioned at that time, but in 1178 Pope Alexander III confirmed that the advowson belonged to the Abbot of Ramsey.

The chuch has been redundant since 1976 and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.


Exterior Features





The S doorway combines a 12thc. arch in the outer order with 13thc. jambs and 1st-order arch. Since the ensemble is set in a 14thc. wall it is unclear whether the synthesis dates from the 13thc. or the 14thc. The latter seems likelier.

Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire. III (1936)
S. Cotton, St Andrew's Church, Steeple Gidding, Cambridgeshire. Churches Conservation Trust 2002.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, Harmondsworth 1968, 346-47.
RCHM(E), An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire. London 1926, 256-57.