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Description: Church of St James
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 251095
OS Grid Reference: SU3810891714
OS Grid Coordinates: -691026, -15286931
Latitude/Longitude: 1,000.0000, 1,000.0000
1/1 Church of St. James
Church. Late C12, remodelled in mid/late C13, with early C14 south transept, and
late C15/early C16 north transept; refenestrated and parapet added in late
C15/early C16. Coursed and uncoursed limestone rubble; stone slate chancel and
porch roofs, and sheet metal roof. Cruciform plan with north-west tower. East
gable with C15 offset angle buttresses has early C14 three-light window; south
wall of chancel has offset buttress, C15 four-centred cavetto-moulded doorway to
C19 plank door and two C15 two-light square-headed windows; north wall of
chancel has C16 vestry and chapel, extending into nave, with offset buttresses
and early C16 two-light square-headed windows. North wall of nave has C15
one-light square-headed window. South transept has late C15/early Cib two-light
square-headed windows and adjoins mid C19 gabled porch with pointed chamfered
doorway. Stoup adjoins late C12 round-headed doorway with chamfered jambs,
moulded imposts and billetted arch; offset buttress and C15 two-light
square-headed window to left. Mid/late C13 three-light west window, flanked by
offset buttresses. Gabled roofs; nave and chancel have C15 moulded parapets.
North-west tower has offset angle buttresses, one-light slit window below string
course and C15 two-light square-headed windows with stone slate louvres, and
cavetto moulding to parapet. Interior: Chancel has mid/late C19 decorative tile
floor and piscina; wall brasses to William Hyde, d. 1557, his wife and many
children, and Oliver Hyde, d.1516, and his wife; C17 two-bay moulded tie-beam
roof; C15 chancel arch. Early C14 arch with sunk-quadrant mouldings to south
transept, which has 5 fine decorative wall tablets to the Geering family, 1690
to C18, one to Martha Frogley, d.1792, and floor tablet to Joan Geering, d.1717;
2-bay roof much restored in C19. Mid/late C13 arch on responds to north chapel,
which has C17 lean-to roof much restored in C19, late C19 screen with linenfold
panelling,and squint to chancel. Nave has Perpendicular style pulpit by A.B.
Allin, 1889, and late C19 octagonal font; C17 three-bay roof restored in C19;
stoup adjoins door.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, pp.126-7; VCH: Berkshire, Vol.IV, p.227.
Kelly's Directory, 1898. p.58.)
Listing NGR: SU3810891714
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