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Description: Church of St James
Date Listed: 10 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 132420
OS Grid Reference: SO7491109320
OS Grid Coordinates: 374911, 209320
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7820, -2.3651
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FRETHERNE WITH SAUL CHURCH LANE
SO 70 NW
5/161 Church of St. James
Anglican parish church. Said to date from 1140, part of chancel
possibly C14, tower and nave windows Perpendicular of late
C15/early C16. Altered and enlarged in 1856 and restored 1863-5 by
T. Fulljames. North aisle and nave arcade added during C19 work,
exact date uncertain. Random coursed dressed stone to nave on
chamfered plinth, ashlar tower, chancel and north aisle. Stone
slate roof to nave and south side of chancel, remainder in
interlocking concrete tiles, with coped verges, cross finials and
end saddlestones, and stiff leaf eaves cornice to chancel. West
tower, nave with south porch and north aisle, chancel with north
transept (vestry). Tower of 2 stages with string courses on
moulded plinth, stepped diagonal buttresses to part of lower stage,
embattled parapet, 2-light trefoil head stone belfry louvres to
each face of upper stage. West side has small chamfered 3-centred
archway, with deeply splayed double trefoil-head light over and
small single light below first string course, clockface dated 1887
above string course. On south side, nave has 3-light Perpendicular
windows flanking small C19 open timber-work gabled porch, chancel
has paired trefoil-head lancets flanking trefoil-head priest's
door. North aisle has similar paired or triple trefoil-head
lancets. Three-light east window.
Interior: nave has 4-bay arcade to north aisle which has plain
rafter roof meeting piers with pierced trefoils set into angles.
Wagon roof to nave, arcade with cylindrical columns and water-
holding bases. Chancel roof of 2 bays with arched-braced
principals on carved stone corbels. Chancel arch has 2 elaborate
corbels with 2 very small marble columns over. Elaborate stone
screen to tower with cusped central archway and flanking stone
seats, probably of C19. Reredos in Caen stone of 1883, brought
from St Michael's, Gloucester, by H.C. and W.S. Frith. Norman
font. Jacobean pulpit.
(David Verey, Buildings of England: Gloucestershire, the Vale and
the Forest of Dean, 1980; VCH, Gloucestershire, Vol X, 1972)
Listing NGR: SO7491109320
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Source: English Heritage
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