CHURCH OF SAINT JAMES THE GREAT

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1361158
Date first listed:
01-Jun-1966
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF SAINT JAMES THE GREAT, CHURCH HILL

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF SAINT JAMES THE GREAT, CHURCH HILL

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Leicestershire
District:
Charnwood (District Authority)
Parish:
Birstall
National Grid Reference:
SK 59635 08848

Details

BIRSTALL

SK 50 NE CHURCH HILL (North Side)

5/38 Church of Saint James the Great

1.6.66

GV II

Parish Church, medieval but extensively restored in c1860, by Gilbert Scott, and now having a large modern extension to the north, the original north wall having been removed. The medieval building appears to have a late Saxon or Norman core, but is largely late C13 or early C14, and with many later features. Ironstone and granite rubble. West tower, nave with north aisle, chancel. The tower is a squat structure of 2 stages, coursed ironstone rubble on a plinth and with granite boulder course, with quoins and a later ashlar embattled parapet. Single lancet in west wall, and paired lights to bell chamber. Nave has steeply pitched Swithland slate roof, the south wall is Victorian (rebuilt in 1828 and then restored in c1860), granite rubble with sandstone dessings. South doorway has slender shafts and hoodmould with foliate corbels. 2 paired foiled lights with quatrefoils. Eastern coped gable and cross. Chancel is the earliest part of the fabric: coursed granite rubble in small pieces. It is narrower than the nave and also has a steeply pitched roof with eastern coped gable and cross. Its south west window is a shallow round-arched splayed opening. Right of it, some indication of a blocked in feature and a C15 2-light square headed window. East window is a simply traceried light with ogee hoodmould and fleuron. 1 square headed light to North. North aisle largely obliterated by new church building, but its east and west walls are of c1860.

Inside, the tower arch is a late C13 triple-chamfered archway, without capitals or any interuption between shaft and arch. Nave of 3 bays with low round piers and double chamfered arches. Victorian tracery in south windows and Victorian timbered roof. Chancel arch is a double chamfered archway on corbels and in the Chancel to the north are 2 openings through to the north chapel of 1869, and between them a single opening which might be Anglo Saxon or Norman: a single splayed round arched light and incorporated in the glass, fragments of an early latticed wood shutter. 2 roughly shaped piscinas to north and south of altar.

Font is C13, a plain circular bowl on a circular shaft. High Victorian stone and marble pulpit. Much good late C19 stained glass, notably in the west wall and chancel and south east nave window, which is by Ward and Hughes of London, dated 1887. In the chancel are 2 monuments one by J. Bacon junior, a sentimental death bed scene in marble, commemorating Sarah Mansfield, died 1813. the other, is to John Mansfield who died in 1839.

Listing NGR: SK5963508848

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
189502
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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