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Parish Church of St James, Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural

Description: Parish Church of St James

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 June 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 115979

OS Grid Reference: TL8222728465
OS Grid Coordinates: 582227, 228465
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9249, 0.6487

Location: 2 Church Road, Greenstead Green, Essex CO9 1QR

Locality: Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 1QR

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Listing Text

HALSTEAD RURAL (west side)

5/140 Parish Church of St.
21.6.62 James, Greenstead


Parish church. 1845, in Decorated style, by George Gilbert Scott. Coursed
flint and pebbles with limestone dressings, roofed with purple-brown fishscale
tiles with decorative ridge; spire apparently of gault brick moulded to imitate
concave-edged tiles; timber-framed porch. Nave, Chancel, W tower and spire, N
vestry/boiler-house, S porch. The Chancel has in the E wall a 3-light window
with tracery, in the N wall a similar 2-light window, and in the S wall 2
similar 2-light windows, all with moulded labels and headstops outside and
inside. The doorway to the N vestry has chamfered jambs and 2-centred arch; to
W of it is a doorway to a stair to the pulpit, with chamfered jambs and
shouldered arch. The chancel-arch is of 2 chamfered orders, the outer orders on
nook-shafts with C14-style moulded capitals and bases, the inner order on
similar moulded corbels with foliate carving below; there is a moulded label
with headstops to the W. The roof of the chancel is of one bay, with 20
arch-braced collars and a collar-purlin, forming a 2-centred boarded ceiling.
The Nave has in the N wall 4 similar 2-light windows, and in the S wall 3
similar 2-light windows, with moulded labels and headstops outside only. The S
doorway has a double-chamfered 2-centred arch, and a moulded label with foliate
stops. The roof of the nave is in 4 bays, of single hammerbeam construction,
with crossed arch-braces at half-bay intervals; all the braces are moulded.
There are 2 butt-purlins in each pitch, with plain arched wind-bracing. All the
corbels are carved, in various floriate and foliate patterns. The tower-arch is
chamfered in 3 orders to the E, 2 to the W, the outer orders continuous, the
inner order on corbels similar to those of the chancel-arch; there is a moulded
label with headstops to the E. The tower has 2 square stages with angle
buttresses and a SE stair-turret, surmounted by an octagonal bell-chamber stage
with crocketed pinnacles masking the junction, each with a miniature flying
buttress, and a 2-light opening in each face. The octagonal spire has a
roll-moulding at each arris, and a gabled louvre on each cardinal face. The S
porch, in C14 style, has a moulded 2-centred outer arch with round shafts with
moulded capitals and bases, and a one-light trefoiled window to each side; the E
and W walls have each 6 trefoiled windows; the roof is framed in 5 cants, with
cusped bargeboards. Fittings. To each side of the E window is a set of
Commandments with elaborately carved surround, cusped, crocketed and foliate.
The octagonal stone pulpit is set in the NE corner of the nave, with 5 faces
exposed, each with a trefoiled niche, holding statuettes of Christ and the
Evangelists; the moulded rim has ball-flower ornament. It is mounted on a
moulded corbel with foliate pendant, and is entered from a moulded trefoiled
doorway at the head of a short stair from the chancel. The font is octagonal,
each face having a carved recess; the moulded rim has ball-flower ornament, and
the base is moulded; there is a crenellated and crocketed wooden cover. Original
altar screen, chancel screen, choir stalls and pews.

Listing NGR: TL8222728465

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Source: English Heritage

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