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Description: Church of St James
Date Listed: 20 December 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 316231
OS Grid Reference: SU0384470286
OS Grid Coordinates: 403844, 170286
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4316, -1.9461
CHERHILL THE STREET
SU 07 SW
9/107 Church of St James
Anglican parish church, C12 or C13 origins, mostly C15, restored
1863 by S.B. Gabriel of Bristol. Rubble stone and ashlar with
stone slate roofs and coped gables. C15 west tower, earlier nave
and chancel, C15 south aisle and south porch. Plain 3-stage ashlar
tower with dripcourses, pointed 2-light bell-openings, embattled
parapet and small angle pinnacles. Mutilated west window with
single centre mullion inserted. South aisle is ashlar, gabled with
cross finials, diagonal buttresses, 2-light 4-centred end windows
and two flat-headed 3-light south windows, each side of porch.
Porch has 1863 rebuilt front wall and roof. Moulded pointed inner
door. Nave north side is rubble stone with late C17 or early C18
long mullioned windows. From right, a 2-light in moulded
architrave, a small blocked round-arched doorway, partly C12, then
2-light and 3-light recessed mullion windows, the latter with
hoodmould. Chancel has rubble east wall with large Perpendicular
5-light pointed east window, plain roughcast south wall and 1863
north vestry. A dip in roofline between nave and chancel.
Interior: 3-bay C15 south arcade, 4-centred arches on octagonal
piers. Plastered nave roof with three tie-beams, south aisle roof
seemingly of re-used timbers. Large nave west gallery of 1840, on
two iron columns with Gothic panelled front, said to be C15 bench
ends. 1863 stone pulpit and low stone screen with ornate iron
gates. 1863 ornate 2-bay chancel roof, pine trusses on stone angel
corbels. East window has curious shafting, possibly C14 and carved
rosettes in hoodmould, C14 or C15, the stonework possibly re-used.
1931 stained glass. Vestry screen said to be a copy of destroyed
chancel screen. Fittings: octagonal stone font, possibly C15
retooled, rare c1700 brass chandelier, removed from Calne church,
1863 stalls and benches, 1931 oak reredos. Cherhill was a chapel
of Calne until C19. First reference is to money left for repairs
(J.H. Blackford, A history of the Manor and Village of Cherhill,
1941; 121-68; Wiltshire Record Office Dl/ 61/ 14/ 9 1862
restoration plans; N. Pevsner, Wiltshire 1975; 165)
Listing NGR: SU0384470286
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