Monday, 31 August 2015

Giggleswick's churches


The parish church in Giggleswick is dedicated to St Alkelda, an obscure Anglo-Saxon saint, possibly a Saxon princess, apparently associated with Middleham in Wensleydale. The mainly 15th century church, restored in the late 19th century, is not unattractive: a long, low Grade 1 listed building with a squat tower and quite spacious inside. It has some colourful stained glass; the window shown below is the east window in the chancel, behind the altar.


The other church in the village - or rather the Chapel - belongs to the school and was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, a gift to the school from Walter Morrison of Malham and designed by the architect T G Jackson. With its copper dome, it has a strangely exotic look to it. Perched on a rocky outcrop above the school and the village, for years its dome was visible for miles, shining with pale green verdigris. It has recently been cleaned and now looks a coppery brown and isn't so obvious. I didn't go in, as one has to make elaborate arrangements to collect a key from the school, but I gather it is finished inside to a high standard. It is unusual in that it was all, inside and out, structure and furniture, planned as a coherent whole by the same designer.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny - all the pictures totally entrance me .. and if I'm ever around the area - it's a stop over point ... I'd love to see inside the 'new chapel' - incredible looking place ... wonderful to see .. cheers Hilary

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  2. Fine churches for such a small town, Jenny!

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  3. Interesting, a beautiful church and chapel !

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  4. Your dancing and Giggleswick posts are lovely, I particularly like the Roses, and the Fiddle & Feet, and your stained glass window is beautiful.

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  5. Pretty stained glass! I like the clock on the tower in the first picture and that dome in the last shot is beautiful.

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  6. The Chapel looks pretty interesting. Maybe you will go back some time to see the inside. (See? I didn't make fun of Giggleswick today . . . I figured that three days in a row would make even a sweet-tempered person like you a bit annoyed.)

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  7. I am in love with Giggleswick! Your posts are to blame -- that and the enchanting name that sounds straight out of MARY POPPINS (books not movie.)

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  8. A wonderful series Jenny. Thank you for sharing with us. I hope to return there one day.

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