Norwich, Norfolk

St. Giles, Norwich, Norfolk

St Giles’ position – at the opposite end of the City Centre to the Castle and Cathedral – may have helped it escape the town planners’ attention. It stands today on the route up to the Catholic Cathedral.

Unusually the exterior remains pretty much how it was in the 14th Century, even though the chancel was a rebuild in the Victorian period. It stands at the highest point within the old City Walls and as such must once have rivalled the other great churches in the city centre for prominence.

The tower is the tallest of all the non-Cathedral churches in Norwich and is purely of 14th Century construction. Richard Phipson, the Diocesan architect, rebuilt the 16th Century chancel in 14th Century style in the 1800s and the interior is entirely Victorian in character.

Today the church tends to be a brief distraction on the walk up to the Catholic Cathedral from the city centre.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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