British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Church of St James, South Wraxall

Description: Church of St James

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 November 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 314643

OS Grid Reference: ST8326264782
OS Grid Coordinates: 383262, 164782
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3818, -2.2419

Locality: South Wraxall
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA15 2SE

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Listing Text

(east side)

4/197 Church of St James



Anglican parish church. C14, C15, 1832 north aisle by H.E.
Goodridge, 1882 restoration and chancel by Weaver and Adye. Random
rubble stone, stone slate roof with coped verges and cross finials.
Plan: West tower, nave with north aisle and south chapel and
porch, chancel with north vestry. South porch incorporated into
west end of south chapel; moulded pointed doorway with hoodmould
with lozenge terminals, C17 square-headed doorway to right with
hoodmould and relief-carved date 1666 and initials RL (Long
family), square-headed 3-light Perpendicular window to right,
chamfered light to west end and 3-light Perpendicular window to
east, C18 memorial tablet on south wall. 1882 ashlar chancel has
two 2-light Perpendicular style windows to south, diagonal
buttresses and 3-light Perpendicular style window to east, large
consecration cross below. North vestry has 2-light Perpendicular-
style east window, angle buttresses, two Tudor-arched north
doorways. North aisle has three 2-light Tudor-arched windows with
hoodmoulds, gableted buttresses, moulded cornice to plain parapet.
Three-stage west tower has short angle buttresses, 3-light C19 west
window, blocked south doorway, offset bellstage with 2-light
pointed windows on south and north with pierced stone louvres,
steep saddle-back stone roof with short obelisk pinnacles and ball
Interior: Nave has 1880s six-bay collar-rafter roof with moulded
arch braces and purlins with carved bosses, foliage carved frieze.
Polychrome tiled floor, ashlar-lined walls. Early C14 continuously
double chamfered tower arch. Four-bay 1880s north arcade with
moulded pointed arches on moulded piers with attached shafts, aisle
has rib-panelled roof. Wide moulded arch to Long chapel, restored
piscina on north side of arch. Chapel contains cusped ogee piscina
on south wall, crocketed image niches flanking east window,
possibly C19, trefoiled squint through to chancel. Wide 1880s
moulded chancel arch on attached shafts, open traceried low stone
screen with wrought iron gates, incorporates polygonal traceried
pulpit on north side. Chancel has polychrome tiled floor, 4-bay
collar rafter with moulded purlins and arch-braces, carved vine
frieze, moulded pointed arch to north organ chamber and pointed
doorway to vestry, C19 cusped piscina on south wall, painted metal
Commandment boards on east wall, late C19 seating throughout
church, C19 brass and wood communion rail. West window has stained
glass by O'Connor of London in memory of William, 5th Earl of
Mornington. Octagonal stone C19 font in tower. Good C18
collection of monuments, including in the nave, large pilastered
tablet to Sarah Newel died 1755; north aisle scrolled pedimented
tablet to Stephen Bowyer died 1780 signed by Ranlings of Box;
chancel has several C19 classical black and white marble tablets
such as two by King of Bath, to Stephen Iles died 1816 and to James
Finch died 1815, also in the chancel is moulded tablet with
guilloches to William Jones died 1660. South chapel has imposing
classical monument on west wall with grey marble Composite columns
to modillioned pediment with cartouche, grey marble tomb with
large urn and inscription to Thomas Long died 1759, against south
wall of chapel is stone chest tomb with high-relief carved angel
with flanking beasts with shields; on top is effigy of a lady,
possibly C15, wall tablet to Henry Long died 1686 has floral
carved pilasters to Doric entablature, C18 marble floor tablets to
Long family.
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975; The
Architect, November 3rd, 1883)

Listing NGR: ST8326264782

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.