History of St Giles’ Church

St Giles’ Church began as a small hamlet church and has expanded as Ickenham’s population has grown. It is packed full of over 770 years of history. The oldest part of the building is the Nave believed to date back to c.1250 AD. The first Rector of the Parish of Ickenham was appointed in 1335, probably around the time the Chancel was added. A North Aisle was added in the 16th Century, and an extension to the west (back) of the Nave in 1958. A second storey office extension above the Choir Vestry was opened in 1986. A new disabled access toilet and new back door were added in autumn 2018.

(NB Church opening times and general visiting are currently suspended due to Covid 19 restrictions)

Visit the church and discover the links with many of the famous families in the history of Ickenham. Experience the place where services of worship and prayer have taken place for nearly 8 centuries. Better still, attend a service of worship and join with the living Church, the ‘Body of Christ’, who currently inhabit this beautiful building.

We try to keep the church open for visitors Monday-Thursday mornings from 11am-1pm, and Saturdays from 10.30am-12.30pm. Our Church Watch team will be pleased to welcome you. The church is also open Thursday evenings 6.00-8.00pm (except August) when we offer a “listening” service for those who need someone to talk to. If you are making a special journey to visit the church we do recommend that you call the church office (01895 622971; email office@stgileschurch.co.uk ) in advance to check that the church will be open as availability of our church watch volunteers can mean some variation to these opening hours.

View the video of the history of St Giles’ Church recorded in 1985 as part of the celebrations for the 650th Anniversary of the church on our Youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5YhsF8FdcA

Download a pdf of the St Giles’ History book 2017

Printed copies of this guidebook are available to buy in church for £3.50.