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Church of St James, Wield

Description: Church of St James

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 142043

OS Grid Reference: SU6284138753
OS Grid Coordinates: 462841, 138753
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1446, -1.1030

Locality: Wield
Local Authority: East Hampshire District Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: SO24 9RT

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Listing Text


6/5 Church of St James

31/07/63 I

Parish church. c1150, some C15 details, and restoration of 1884. Plastered
walls and tiled roof. Norman aisleless nave and chancel, with a small vestry
at the west end. The chancel has a small niche on the north side of the east
window, and there is a priest's door, the chancel arch is round and rests on
plain and chamfered abaci, and there are squints on each side. The nave has
2 windows on each side with deep splays, and there are north and south doors
(the north blocked); there is a wide west door leading to a small vestry, and a
shallow west gallery. The font is Norman, being a square Purbeck slab with
arcading, resting on a drum and 4 detached columns (brought to the church in
1900 following its discovery in Winchester Close). Fragments of wall painting
exist, including a Royal Coat of Arms (of Queen Anne) above the chancel arch,
part of the preservations on the north wall, and a consecration cross. A
wall monument of 1617 hangs on the north wall of the chancel, and opposite
is the very fine tomb of 1617, with effigies of William Waloppe and his wife,
set within an elaborate classical surround, of marble and alabaster. The
exterior walls are cemented over flintwork, with stone dressings, including
perpendicular cusped single lights in the nave, and a Norman south door with
inset columns at each side; the east wall (1884) is of flint with corner stepped
buttresses and a 3-light geometrical window. At the west end is a small
boarded bell-turret, and attached to the west wall (occupied by a tower up to
1810) a small boarded structure with a hipped tile roof.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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