The pews at St. Giles' were inherited from St. Luke's, Old Street when it was declared unsafe. They were cut to fit the narrower nave at St. Giles' and the ends covered up in wood that does not match the original oak. Over the past sixty years they have become dilapidated and unstable. For big services and events they are supplemented with a variety of occasional chairs which match neither the pews nor one another.
This miscellaneous furniture is to be replaced by matching oak benches and chairs. Please give generously to help us raise the remaining £50,000 needed.
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A medieval church at the heart of the Barbican, St Giles' without Cripplegate is a parish church with a long history and an active present, serving the local and wider Christian community whilst hosting a range of arts and cultural events.
Being just beyond the still present Roman city walls saved St Giles' from the Great Fire but also allowed it to be a refuge for non-establishment religious ideas. Oliver Cromwell was married and John Milton (Paradise Lost) buried at St Giles'. Lancelot Andrewes, John Speed and William Shakespeare are among others associated with the church.
Today St Giles' continues to serve the parish of Cripplegate as well as local charities whilst providing an affordable home for musicians struggling to maintain their profile during the Covid pandemic.
Any donations to help maintain the ancient building for Christian worship whilst supporting the arts and the local community will be much appreciated.
Registered Charity No.1138077