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Description: Church of St James
Date Listed: 17 December 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 183847
OS Grid Reference: SD7717033079
OS Grid Coordinates: 377170, 433079
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7935, -2.3480
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ALTHAM BURNLEY ROAD
SD 73 SE
3/44 Church of St. James
Church, C16, with tower 1859, chancel restored at same date.
Sandstone rubble, stone slate roof. West tower, nave with aisles,
chancel. Short 3-stage battlemented tower in perpendicular style
has arched west doorway with figure stopped hoodmould, a 2-light
window above, and belfry with 2-light openings. Three-bay nave and
aisles; all windows of 3 round-headed lights with hollow spandrels,
hollow chamfered reveals, and hoodmoulds, (that at east end of south
aisle with remains of figured stops). Low gabled porch to 1st bay
of south aisle, with part of Norman font built into side bench. Two-
bay chancel in perpendicular style. Interior: nave arcade of octagonal
columns with moulded caps, rounded arches; arch-braced roof with
collars and longitudinal bracing to ridge (apparently ex situ, as wall
posts intersect window heads);' north wall of chancel has late medieval
piscina (low, with ogival head), south wall incorporates semi-circular
and diaper-worked tympanum of Norman door (re-located), east window of
north aisle has cinquefoil tracery, and head made of re-set medieval
slab carved with a sword; head of door in south aisle similarly carved
with cross and sword; octagonal font with panels carrying Instruments of
the Passion given by Abbot Paslew of Whalley; C19 pews with doors and
identical moulded cast iron finials to the ends; 4 C19 hatchments, and
various C18 and C19 wall tablets. History: first established as
vicarage of church of Whalley; until 1870 was parish church to Accrington.
Listing NGR: SD7717033079
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Source: English Heritage
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