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.

The church is generally open for visitors on weekday mornings Monday to Friday from approximately 9.30am-12.30pm. However, if you are making a special journey to visit the church please note that these opening times may occasionally vary due to staff holidays so if you would like to check in advance that the church will definitely be open do contact the church office (01895 622971; email office@stgileschurch.co.uk).  We hope to resume Saturday morning openings in late 2022/early 2023.

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.