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Church of St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.4625 / 52°27'44"N

Longitude: 0.5519 / 0°33'7"E

OS Eastings: 573468

OS Northings: 288008

OS Grid: TL734880

Mapcode National: GBR P8R.NC2

Mapcode Global: VHJFM.JC4M

Plus Code: 9F42FH62+XQ

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 8 July 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1077725

English Heritage Legacy ID: 221759

Location: Hockwold cum Wilton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, IP26

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Hockwold cum Wilton

Built-Up Area: Hockwold cum Wilton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Hockwold with Wilton

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Church of St James




Parish church. Early C14 west steeple and chancel, nave C14 but remodelled
C15. Restored 1843. Flint with ashlar dressings and slate roofs.

tower, externally of two, supported by diagonal buttresses. 2-light Y tracery
west window above string course. Trefoiled lancets to ringing chamber.
String course defines belfry stage which has 2-light cusped windows.
Crenellated parapet, behind which rises octagonal stone spire with two tiers
of lucarnes. Square stair turret to south-west. Diagonal buttress to west
end of nave, flat to east. Nave with one 2-light Y window west of north and
south doors, two 3-light Perpendicular panel traceried windows to east. arched
and moulded north door. Gabled porch protects south door: 4-centred arch
with continuous jamb and arch mouldings, 2-light square side windows with
quatrefoils in head. Nave east gable carried on trefoiled kneelers. Chancel
with diagonal east buttresses and one flat side buttresses to north and south
and illuminated by two 2-light cusped windows each side with cusped reticulation
unit in heads. 4-light reticulated east window with sunk quadrant mouldings
to jambs and arch.

INTERIOR. Triple-chamfered tower arch and double-chamfered chancel arch. Scissor-braced nave roof of twenty-seven trusses, the purlins
C19. Chancel roof similar, of eighteen trusses. Twenty-eight C15 benches with pierced backs
revealing tracery patterns or geometric forms. Poppyheads with arm rests
carved to represent figures or animals. Late C15 chancel screen of 1 1/2 bays
each side of central ogeed opening. 3-light Perpendicular tracery fills heads
of bays. Fleurons in cornice and arrowhead cresting to top rail. Founder's
tomb recess in north chancel wall. Cusped ogee piscina in south wall, which
also has wall monument to May Colborn 1683: foliate surround encloses
rectangular marble inscription panel; predula with skull and crossed bones
and moulded broken pediment above through which projects carved and painted
coat of arms.

Listing NGR: TL7346888008

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