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Church of St James, Sulgrave

Description: Church of St James

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 234184

OS Grid Reference: SP5569045342
OS Grid Coordinates: 455690, 245342
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1036, -1.1883

Location: 1 Church Street, Sulgrave, Northamptonshire OX17 2RT

Locality: Sulgrave
Local Authority: South Northamptonshire District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX17 2RT

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There is also a scheduled monument, Castle Hill Ringwork West of St James's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

SP54NE (North side)
4/155 Church of St. James


Church. C13-C16. C19 roof pitch of nave and chancel altered and much window
tracery re-newed; north aisle added in 1885. Coursed limestone rubble and
coursed squared stone, old tile roofs. Chancel, aisled nave, north and south
porches, west tower. East window of chancel, C19. South-east window of chancel:
Decorated, 2-lights with flowing tracery. South-west window of chancel:
Perpendicular, 2-lights with square head and panel tracery. Low-side window
below has trefoiled arch under square head. All windows in south aisle
Decorated, 2-lights with C19 tracery and original hoods with head stops. South
porch, datestone 1564 (renewed C20) has 4-centred arch under square hood,
spandrels carved with rosettes. Inner doorway, C14, has arch with continuous
mouldings, hood with head stops and C19 plank door. West tower, C13 of 3 stages
has trefoiled lancets in the ground stage and C13 two-light bell openings. West
doorway, probably Saxon with triangular stone head. Not in situ. Said to have
been removed from an earlier church which stood north-west of the present
village. North aisle has re-used C14 doorway with continuous mouldings. Entrance
to north porch, also C14, has moulded arch with ball flower decoration.
Interior: Perpendicular south arcade, 4 bays, octagonal piers and double
chamfered arches. C14-C15 piscina recess with trefoiled head in south aisle.
Chancel arch, probably C15, has two continuous chamfered orders. Large C14
carved stone heads of a king and queen reset in north and south walls of
chancel. Font, probably c.1660, has octagonal bowl with leaf ornament. Stained
glass shields with arms of the Washington family in east window of south aisle,
probably C16, not in situ. Brass, at east end of south aisle to Amy Washington
died 1564, and her husband Lawrence. died 1584. Fragmentary part of male figure,
figures of children and a shield remain. Wall monument to John, and Moses
Hodges, died 1724, grey and white marble with fluted pilasters. Chest, said to
be C14 in south aisle, wood, with closely spaced studded iron bands. The church
is shown in a drawing of c.1820 by George Washington Smith, now at Sulgrave
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.421; H. Clifford Smith: Sulgrave
Manor and The Washingtons, London 1933).

Listing NGR: SP5569045342

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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