CRIPPLEGATE, City of London – St Giles.
Restoration of tower 1913; Screen 1915
The Building News and Engineering Journal of 1 August 1913 carried the following short report:
Mr. G. H. Fellowes Prynne, F.R.I.B.A., has made a careful examination of the tower of St. Giles, Cripplegate, and has advised the vicar and churchwardens to have the stonework overhauled. The stone in the Mediæval (lower) part of the tower is chiefly Kentish rag, which is apt to crumble and flake off after long exposure to weather. A few years ago wire netting was affixed to a portion of the tower facing south, to hold in the stone flakes, but that has proved only a temporary remedy. The work will be put in hand at an early date, and will consist of the substitution of new masonry for old. All the stone with sound facings will be retained, and the architectural character of the structure will in no way be altered.
The same journal reported, on 19 February 1915, that
Canon Newbolt will visit the historic church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, E. C., on Thursday in next week, to dedicate the screen erected as a memorial to the late Prebendary Barff. It will replace a stone screen erected some sixty years ago at the entrance to the west tower. The screen has been designed by Mr. G. H. Fellowes Prynne, F. R. I. B. A.
The church was badly bombed during the Blitz.