Gileston - St Giles
St Giles’ Church takes its name from the Giles family who are first recorded as lords of the manor in the 14th century. However, the parish was originally called Llanfabon-y-fro, suggesting that the original dedication was to St Mabon, said to have been the brother of Teilo, the second bishop of the south-east Wales.
The church dates from the 15th century, replacing an earlier building, and was restored in 1883 and again in 1903. Standing in the grounds of Gileston Manor, it consists of a small tower (rebuilt in 1903), south porch, nave and chancel.
There are a number of memorials in the church to the Giles family and later lords of the manor. However it is south door which is the most interesting feature, probably from the mid-15th century. The oak wood-work is decorated with the heraldic arms of local families, Walsh, Umfraville, Giles, Fleming and Cradock.
A door in the north wall of the nave leads to the stairs to the former rood-loft, and the wooden chancel screen below the arch, rebuilt in1903, is the original from the 15th century.
St Giles’ Church is listed Grade II* ‘as a fine medieval church with good features and a particularly strong group value with the immediately adjacent Gileston Manor’.
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: ST 01783 67081
Post-code (for Sat Nav): CF62 4HX
Times of services: 9.30a.m. 1st and 3rd Sundays