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Description: Church of St James
Date Listed: 18 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 252050
OS Grid Reference: SP4264030108
OS Grid Coordinates: 442640, 230108
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9678, -1.3807
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WORTON NETHER WORTON
3/234 Church of St. James
Church. C14; tower dated 1630; restored 1883. Coursed squared marlstone with
ashlar dressings, some limestone; sheet-aluminium roof. 3-bay aisled nave,
south-west tower, and chancel recess. North and south sides each have 3
square-headed 3-light windows with ogee lights; the re-set east window is
similar but with a 4-centred head. The small 3-stage tower, built above the west
end of the south aisle, contains the C13 doorway with dogtooth decoration to the
arch and an oak door of 6 fielded panels; the bell chamber has 2-light
stone-mullioned openings and the datestone is inscribed "ROBERTE/PARSONS/1630".
The shallow-pitched roofs all have parapets; the nave rises above the aisles,
without clerestory, and projects slightly to east. Interior: C14 arcades and
chancel arch have octagonal piers and responds with moulded bases and capitals
and arches of 2 chamfered orders; bases on south side have corner spurs and may
be C12. Trefoiled blind arches on east walls of aisles may be C13. C19 roofs
with cast-iron brackets. Chancel recess is lined with grained panelling
incorporating Decalogue etc. Late C17 barleytwist communion rails. Ritual
chancel is defined by a C17 balustrade, with heavy turned balusters, linking
with the pulpit which has C17 panels. Monuments include several C17 ledgers, and
early C19 memorials to the Wilson family including a large draped urn by Henry
Westmacott. C19 line drawing with stencilled border on north wall by Grace
Wilson. The chancel was demolished at an unknown date.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.XI, p.292; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
Listing NGR: SP4264030108
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