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Church of St James, Colesbourne

Description: Church of St James

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 November 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 127131

OS Grid Reference: SP0040513412
OS Grid Coordinates: 400405, 213412
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8193, -1.9955

Location: Colesbourne, Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Locality: Colesbourne
Local Authority: Cotswold District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL53 9NP

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Listing Text


4/30 Church of St. James



Parish church. C12 with C15 tower and chancel; largely rebuilt
1851-53 by David Brandon for H. J. Elwes of Colesbourne Park.
Random rubble limestone with ashlar tower; stone slate roof.
Nave with north and south transept; west tower; south porch; and
chancel. C14 porch with moulded arch, buttresses and parapet
gable; C13 south doorway with hood moulding and decorated labels.
One square-headed C15 2-light nave window to left of porch with
simple rectilinear tracery head and hood moulding; on north side
another similar 2-light, and remains of blocked C12 window;
otherwise masonry much rebuilt. C14 south transept with 3-light
south window, and 2-light to east with reticulated tracery. North
transept is C19 rebuild to match the south. C15 chancel, rebuilt
C19; early C20 east window with geometrical tracery; below, set
into the wall, a glazed tile from the reign of Edward II depicting
the crucifixion; 2 small square-headed 2-light windows in south
wall. Two-stage tower with 2-light west window, diagonal
buttresses to lower stage only, and square stair turret projecting
on south side; 2-light belfry windows, screens pierced with
quartrefoils. Crenellated parapet with moulded string course
below; diagonal animal gargoyles at each corner; small crocketed
corner pinnacles. Interior restored in C19. 4-bay nave roof
with collar and arched braced trusses supported on follated stone
corbels; decorative struts forming 3-light opening above collar;
plain painted walls; pointed chancel arch on restored C12 square
piers with scalloped capitals; C15 tower arch; simple moulded
pointed arches to transepts. South transept has wagon roof with
brattished wall plates; trefoil-headed piscina in south wall.
North transept has C19 wagon roof to match that in south; squint
passage into chancel; elaborate C19 memorial to Susan Elwes on
west wall. C19 wagon roof in chancel; many memorial plaques to
the Elwes family on north wall. Octagonal stone C15 wine-glass
pulpit to south of chancel arch on tall narrow octagonal stem; 2
panels each trefoil-headed to each face, one of which is pierced;
entered up stone steps from chancel. Octagonal stone C15 font in
nave, on octagonal bracketed pedestal with shield decoration; one
quartrefoil panel to each face; wooden cover. The stained glass
to most windows dates from 1854 and is by Thomas Willement; the
north transept window is by Wailes, the east window dating from
1915. Stands in the grounds of Colesbourne Park. (D.Verey,
Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: SP0040513412

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Source: English Heritage

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