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4. The Nave

It is likely that the original building on the site was situated towards the rear of the present nave, and was demolished and rebuilt on a much larger scale in the 12th century. The enlarged church had a steeply pitched roof, ending on lower walls than the current nave. The old roof line can clearly be seen in the west wall. The north wall of the nave is the oldest remaining  complete elevation in the building, and is of a largely rubble construction, with later windows inserted, making it problematic to date although the thickness, and the surviving metalwork from the earlier north door support the suggestion of a 12th century build. The arcade of four bays and south aisle was developed much later, in the 14th and 15th centuries, and removed almost all traces of the earlier south wall - a small blocked opening, can be seen in the highest part of the wall. The present tie beam nave roof is a 19th century replacement of the original 16th century work.

In the middle of the north wall window nearest the door, there are fragments of early stained glass, discovered and reinstalled (some reversed)  during the nineteenth century refurbishment, including parts of at least two heads, none of which provides an intact picture, although one fragment shows a deer struck by an arrow - an attribute of St Giles. On the top arch of the next window is a fragment of wall painting, which would have been used all over the church prior to the Reformation.

 
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