St Giles' Church, WrexhamEdit profile
St Giles' Church is the parish church of Wrexham, Wales. Its tower is traditionally one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, which are commemorated in an anonymously written rhyme:
The market and industrial centre of Wrexham, by far the largest town in North Wales, is the home of the steeple in the rhyme. It can be seen for many miles around as the tallest building in the town, but in fact it turns out to be not a steeple at all, but the 16th century tower of the Church of St. Giles.
The richly-decorated tower, 135-feet high, with its four striking hexagonal turrets, was begun in 1506. It is graced by many medieval carvings including those of an arrow and a deer, the attributes of Saint Giles. The interior of the church also contains many late medieval carvings and monuments. On a window you can find the words of the Evangelical hymn "From Greenland's Icy Mountains." which was written by Reginald Heber and first performed at the Church in 1819. Just west of the tower is the grave of Elihu Yale, after whom Yale University in the USA is named, with its long, fanciful epitaph containing the following lines:
The churchyard is entered through wrought-iron gates, completed in 1719 by the Davies Brothers of nearby . They who were also responsible for the gates of Chirk Castle, perhaps the finest example of wrought-iron work in Britain, and the gates at Sandringham House, one of the English monarch's residences, and at Leeswood Hall, near Mold in Flintshire.
While usually there are regular tours up the tower, these are suspended during 2011 due to planned building works.