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St Giles in the Fields

St Giles in the Fields

Artist: Flitcroft, Henry

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1732

Shelfmark: Ktop XXIII

Item number: 18-d

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This "section from north to south and elevation of the east end" is one of the original architectural drawings of Henry Flitcroft. St Giles in the Fields has its origins in a leper hospital founded by Matilda, wife of Henry I. It was dedicated to St Giles and founded 'in fields' outside the city wall. The hospital chapel gradually became used as a parish church. The plague of 1665 started in the parish and the old church was structurally damaged by the huge number of burials that took place. In 1711, The Fifty New Churches Act, put forward a proposal for a new church at St Giles. Henry Flitcroft successfully competed against other architects James Gibbs and Nicholas Hawksmoor in a competition to design the church.

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