Steeple Gidding

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Steeple Gidding
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St Andrew's Church, Steeple Gidding
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Location: 52°25’7"N, 0°20’13"W
Postcode: PE28
Local Government
Council: Huntingdonshire

Steeple Gidding is a tiny hamlet in Huntingdonshire, near Sawtry and about 10 miles northeast of Huntingdon. It is one of the three Giddings, with Great Gidding and Little Gidding.

The village is just a few houses and the parish church, all on a little lane ending in a path leading out across the fields, a spur of the minor through road running southeast from Great Gidding.

Parish church

St Andrew's Church is an impressive though redundant Church of England church at the head of the lane.[1] It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[2] The church is now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[3]


The oldest surviving part of the church is the south doorway which dates from the 12th century. Some stone from the 13th century has been incorporated elsewhere into the fabric. The south aisle and its arcade (architecture)|arcade were built in the 14th century, and in about 1330 the chancel was built and the nave was rebuilt.[2] The west tower was added in the late 14th century. In 1874 a new south porch was built to replace an older porch, and the chancel, nave and aisle were restored. Restoration of the tower took place in 1899.[4]


The church is constructed in rubble and ashlar, with dressings in Ketton and Barnack stone and a lead roof. The tower is in two stages and stands on a moulded plinth and atop, an embattled parapet with gargoyles at the corners, and an octagonal spire rising from it. Within the porch ia a Norman south doorway. The chancel contains two two-light windows dating from about 1330, and a south doorway.[2]

The font dates from the 16th century and consists of an octagonal bowl in Ketton stone on an octagonal stem, while ts oak cover dates possibly from the 17th century.[2] A twelfth century stoup stands guiltily near the south door.

See also

Outside links


  1. Churches Conservation Trust – St Andrew's, Steeple Gidding
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Parish Church of St Andrew, Steeple Gidding", Heritage Gateway website (Heritage Gateway (English Heritage, Institute of Historic Building Conservation and ALGAO:England)), 2006,, retrieved 16 July 2010 
  3. St Andrew's Church, Steeple Gidding, Cambridgeshire, Churches Conservation Trust,, retrieved 25 March 2011 
  4. Steeple Gidding: Church History, GENUKI,, retrieved 19 January 2011