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Latitude: 52.7986 / 52°47'54"N
Longitude: -0.9272 / 0°55'38"W
OS Eastings: 472425
OS Northings: 322872
OS Grid: SK724228
Mapcode National: GBR BNG.DDX
Mapcode Global: WHFJS.QXNF
Entry Name: Church of St James the Greater
Listing Date: 1 January 1968
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1295154
English Heritage Legacy ID: 189942
Location: Ab Kettleby, Melton, Leicestershire, LE14
Civil Parish: Ab Kettleby
Traditional County: Leicestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire
Church of England Parish: Ab Kettleby and Holwell
Church of England Diocese: Leicester
AB KETTLEBY CHURCH LANE
SK 72 22 (west side) of St James
21/232 Church of St James Greater
1.1.68 the Greater
Church. C13 and C14, restored 1852-3 by Broadbent and Hawley; C19 N
Ironstone with limestone dressings, lead roofs.
Chancel, aisled nave, S porch and W tower.
2-bay chancel has 4-light E window with Perpendicular tracery and hood
mould. 2-light windows, that to SE with cusped Y tracery, that to SW with
flattened arched head and cinquefoil-headed lights, both with hood moulds.
1-light window to NW with chamfered round-arched heads.
Priests door to N wave-moulded, with hood mould.
Nave has 3-window clerestory of 2-light windows with renewed Decorated
tracery, flattened arched heads and hood moulds. N aisle has 2-light
windows with Decorated-style tracery, except for 1-light W window with
cusped ogee-arched head, all with hood moulds. Shafted N door with many-
moulded head and hood mould. S aisle has 3-light window to SE with
intersecting tracery, hood mould and label stops, 2-light window to SW with
plate tracery with upright oval to head, hood mould and label stops, and 2-
light W window with cusped tracery and hood mould. S door has 2 orders of
shafts with fillets, many moulded head and hood mould in porch with double-
chamfered doorway and stone-coped gable. 3-stage tower has lancet window to
bottom stage W, niche to middle stage S and twin bell chamber openings
recessed in round-headed arches with smll chamfer. Pointed arched bell-
chamber openings separated by square shafts with moulded capitals and vesica
piscis to spandrel above, nailhead ornament to latter and heads of openings.
Off-set clasping buttresses, battlemented parapet and recessed octagonal
spire with 3 tiers of small quatrefoil lucarnes to cardinal directions.
Interior: Chancel has piscina with wave-moulded arch, hood mould and
octagonal drain. Nave has 3-bay arcades, that to S C13 with circular pier
to SE with nailhead onzament to circular moulded capital, square pier to SW
with four demi-shafts, stiff-leaf to capitals with heads to angle, keeled E
respond with nailhead ornament to capital, polygonal respond to W with
moulded capital; double-chamfered arches.
N arcade is C19 and copies that to S. Triple-chamfered tower arch with
keeled responds and dogtooth and nailhead ornament to capitals.
S aisle has piscina with many-moulded cusped arch and sexfoiled drain.
Some C15 bench ends.
Charity board dated 1778. Large circular stove by Gurney with crown
Monument: Brass plaques to Joye Elizabeth, wife of William Neale d.1604 to
John Neale d.1606.
Large wall monument to Everard Digby of Holywell d.1628 of limestone with
Ionic columns on curved console brackets, bearing entablature with vine
trail to frieze, obelisk finials flanking coat of arm under semicircular
pediment. Columns frame inscription panel which bears an elegiac poem.
Wall momments to Christopher Dexter d.1726 and Mathew Dexter d.1728. Slate
wall monuments to members of Cross family 1791-1826.
Buildings of England Leics 1984 p.71.
Listing NGR: SK7242522872
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