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St. Helen and St. Giles Church


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St. Helen and St. Giles Church is a recognisable landmark of Rainham and is the oldest building in Havering (being Norman). The church retains many of its original features, for example the round-headed arches. It was founded by Richard de Lucy, the son-in-law of Henry II of England. Construction of the church took place between 1160 and 1170. The church was restored during the period of 1893–1906, yet it is still thought to closely resemble its original condition. It is somewhat famous amongst local schoolchildren for a prominent piece of graffiti, The Ship, carved into a wall of the church. It gives its name to a small cafe opposite, and owned by the church

28th Feb 2008

Geography, History, Religious Education

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Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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