St Giles, Bramhope is an inclusive and busy Church with something for everyone.
Matthew Laird is our Safeguarding Children and Safe Church Co-ordinator
We are a social bunch at St Giles with regular events where our church family share fellowship and fun and get to know each other better. Whether it’s a Saturday evening event with food, music and laughter or perhaps a get together after a Sunday service, everyone is welcome to join in.
Our Church History
St Giles was a hermit who lived in France. His particular concerns were for cripples and the poor, and this is perhaps, appropriate as St Giles’ Church is situated on a plot of land formerly called Cripple Garth.
However, this is a coincidence, as ’Cripple’ refers to a hole in a stone wall, that allowed sheep to pass through, but not cattle.
St Giles’ Church was designed by Richard Adams and John Kelly and built by local contractors. The masons were Freeman of Otley who used Millstone Grit from quarries on the Chevin. The roof has Westmorland slates. It was dedicated on 28 November 1881. Much of the stained glass was in place within five years of the dedication ceremony and those telling the story of Ruth in the south wall are considered particularly fine.
The present organ was installed in 1908 and was hand pumped. However it has been powered by electricity since 1945.
The Reredos behind the Altar is a memorial to a parishioner who went to Central Africa as a missionary. She died in Likoma in 1897.
The Altar Rail is of evergreen oak, cut from a famous tree at Elston Hall in Nottinghamshire, which had been struck by lightning. The donor was Francis (Rhodes) Darwin, who owned Elston Hall as well as local Creskeld Hall.
There are many items of ‘Mouseman’ furniture by Robert Thompson of Kilburn.
The Chapel of All Saints, on the South side of the church was consecrated on 6 August 1981, in St Giles’ centenary year.
The Church Hall, built in 1977, with its well equipped kitchen, contributes a great deal to the social life of the Church and is available for hire. It was built to replace the old original Hall that is now used as a Meeting Room and Choir Vestry. Further refurbishments took place in 2002 to provide disabled access and new toilet facilities.
The St Giles Review Magazine
St Giles Review, the monthly church magazine, has a wide and loyal readership. It not only focuses on events and news from the family of St Giles but also on national Christian issues.
Local advertisers support this publication and so each month’s copy provides an up to date reference for local traders, all of whom have been recommended.
We always welcome new contributors’ copy but retain our editorial rights as to whether we print.
Our network of deliverers can deliver directly to your door for just an annual fee of just £6 and to arrange this please contact us giving your name, address and telephone number.
Copies are available to buy for 60p in church.
Free copies are available in the lobby if you wish to give one to a friend or just sample for yourself what SGR has to offer. Of course donations are always welcome!