St Giles Church

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The Church now has it’s own website which can be found here www.hartingtonchurch.org

The church has been in Hartington for many years. Parts of it date back to the 1200’s. It is an important place for both  visitors and locals. Look up and you will see gargoyles (carved stone monsters) watching over the village. Some of these are about 600 years old! Rainwater used to pour out of their mouths from the church roof so it didn’t run down the building and damage the stonework.

Some interesting features inside include

–  A large drum – used by the Duke of Devonshire’s Rifle Volunteers which was an early version of the Territorial Army. The Dukes owned a lot of the land around Hartington.

–  Old paintings high up on the bare walls, including a possible coat of arms, dating back to the 15th or 16th century.

The Church is named after Saint Giles. Legend says he was shot by an arrow that was meant for his pet deer.

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