Named for the patron saint of cripples, St. Giles was founded in the 11th century. The church survived the Great Fire, but the Blitz left only the tower and walls standing. In 1620, English revolutionary Oliver Cromwell was betrothed to Elizabeth Bourchier here, and in 1674, John Milton, author of Paradise Lost, was buried here. More than a century later, someone opened the poet's grave, knocked out his teeth, stole a rib bone, and tore hair from his skull. Guided tours are available most Tuesday afternoons. Call to confirm. See "'The City' Attractions" map.
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