Wrexham – St Giles Church

History

The original church in Wrexham was erected in the twelfth or early thirteenth century. The first mention of it comes from 1220, when the bishop of St. Asaph gave the monks of Valle Crucis half of the income from this temple. In 1247, prince of Powys, Madog ap Gruffydd, bestowed monks of Valle Crucis with the patronage of the Wrexham church. As a result, the abbey received the vicar’s tithe, which further increased the wealth of Valle Crucis. In 1330, the church had to be rebuilt because of the damages caused to its tower during the storm. The present appearance temple owes to another reconstruction from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, probably financed by Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of king Henry VII. Its beginning was caused by the fire that struck the church in 1463. Rebuilding ended with the completion of the tower in 1524-1525.

Architecture

The church consists of a three-nave, rectangular corpus in the form of a basilica, to which a three-side ended chancel adjoins from the east. The nave dates back to the 14th century, and its inter-nave arcades were built in the English decorated gothic style. Other parts, including the chancel and the western tower, have already been erected in the perpendicular gothic style. The tower, more than 41 meters high, is richly decorated and crowned with four corner turrets. It is distinguished by many blendes, pinnacles, friezes and medieval sculptures, including arrows and deer, attributes of Saint Giles. Inside the church, a 16th-century roof truss has been preserved, supported on corbels located between the windows of the clerestorium. Each corbel is decorated with a heraldic shield. On the chancel arch of the presbytery you can see the 15th/16th century polychrome of the Last Judgment (doom painting).

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website stgilesparishchurchwrexham.org.uk, A Brief Guide to St Giles’ Parish Church Wrexham.
Website wikipedia.org, St Giles’ Church, Wrexham.