Thursday 16th December

We’re often asked what St Giles’ might have looked like prior to the Reformation. The answer? Busy! Below you can see the number of altars in the building- many were for the various guilds of Edinburgh for example St Eloi for the Hammermen. Whilst the Eloi aisle still exists most of these altars were forgotten after the Reformation and the existence of altars themselves was removed in favour of holy tables.

The picture below also shows you how the architecture has changed since the reformation. See how many differences you can spot?

Pre-Reformation St Giles taken from The late medieval development of the High Kirk of
St Giles, Edinburgh
by George Hay
Modern Day St Giles’