Monument record MCC7984 - St Gile's Church, Colchester


The timber-framed and weatherboarded tower is probably late C17 or early C18 (see 12423 for original tower).


Grid reference TL 9981 2481 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

The timber-framed and weatherboarded tower is probably late C17 or early C18 (see 12423 for original tower). Early in the C19, the nave and aisle were thrown into one and the existing colonnades and galleries built. Early in the C20, the church was restored and the S chapel was added. A doorway with old rear arch is present in the chapel S wall. Above the doorway is a wooden tablet bearing the Arms of church wardens and the date 1665. In the nave N wall are 3 probably C17 windows. The second window from the E in the nave S wall is C18, set in lower part of a C14 window. Features and fittings include: a bell said to be Miles Graye, 1657; C17 coffin plates; C17 monuments; floor slab to Sir Charles Lucas and Sir Giles Lisles, shot in 1648 after the siege of Colchester; late C16 panelling made into a partition in the S chapel; C17 memorial tablet recording benedictions; funeral pall of Lucas family dated 1628. <1> <2> According to Pevsner W tower and present interior of the nave are of 1819. Brick N and S chancel arcades and S chapel are of 1907. <3> According to Rodwell timber tower hade been * prior to 1748 when Morant wrote that only the chancel was in use for services, the rest in ruins. The church was restored in 1819 and part rebuilt in 1819. <4>

Site Assessment = See 12423 for more details. The graveyard has been bull-dozed without record. <4>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, pp.42-44.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1971. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest:Colchester. p122.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Pevsner, N. 1954. The Buildings of England, Essex. p119.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. pp35-36.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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