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Church of St James

A Grade II Listed Building in Pensax, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.3182 / 52°19'5"N

Longitude: -2.4075 / 2°24'26"W

OS Eastings: 372322

OS Northings: 268973

OS Grid: SO723689

Mapcode National: GBR BZ.W41J

Mapcode Global: VH91Y.7Z4S

Plus Code: 9C4V8H9V+72

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 20 October 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1081409

English Heritage Legacy ID: 149359

ID on this website: 101081409

Location: St Jame's Church, Pensax, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, WR6

County: Worcestershire

District: Malvern Hills

Civil Parish: Pensax

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Teme Valley North

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Parish church. 1832-3 by Thomas Jones on old site; alterations of 1891
by George Vialls. Part ashlar with Welsh slate roof, part snecked rock-
faced sandstone with ashlar dressings and plain tiled roofs; parapets
at gable ends with cross finials. West tower with south porch, three-bay
nave, two-bay chancel with north vestry and organ chamber. Perpendicular
style. West window of tower, bell-chamber openings, south entrance and
nave windows have hood moulds with large head stops. West tower: 1832;
three stages with plinth and three strings; set-back buttresses with off-
sets; 3-light west window; second stage has a lancet with a square hood
and returns to north and south elevations; belfry stage has 2-light louvred
bell-chamber openings; embattled parapet above, now without its corner
pinnacles. The tower stairs project to the north-east of the tower and
have three loopholes beneath the second stage string and a pair of loop-
holes above it at the west side. The tower originally had north and south
doorways; surviving south entrance has canted porch of 1891 with a parapet
stepped at the centre with a cross finial; the archway beneath has a hood
and imposts and a rectangular light with cusped tracery to the left side;
within the south entrance has panels of blind tracery in the spandrels
within the square hood. Nave: 1832; broad and unaisled with embattled
parapet; buttresses with offsets at bay divisions and set-back buttresses
at west end; there is a narrow doorway to the tower stairs between the
north-west pair of buttresses; both elevations have a 2-light window in
their easternmost bay and two 3-light windows. Chancel: 1891; 5-light
east window with stepped sill string; two C13 style 2-light windows in
south elevation with continuous hood mould; north elevation has a cusped
lancet at its eastern end and from western end projects gabled vestry
and organ chamber with small hipped-roofed projection to east side; north
gable end has two pairs of cusped rectangular lights, a 3-light square-
headed window with quatrefoil opening above in the gable apex and a door
with a cambered head; steps with spear-headed railings lead down to a
basement door; blocked opening in west side and a 2-light and a single-light
opening on east side of hipped projection. Interior: round-headed chancel
arch of one shafted order and 4-centred tower arch, both of 1891. Nave
roof has slender hammer-beam trusses and chancel has a panelled barrel
roof. Chancel has a large 4-centred archway into organ chamber and south
windows have uncarved blocks for capitals; cusped pointed arched aumbry.
Octagonal font of 1832; other fittings of c1891 and slightly influenced
by Arts and Crafts Style. Memorials: in tower base is an oval late C18
memorial to the Crump family and an early and mid-C19 memorial to the
Clutton and Clutton Brock families. The church includes some remarkably
competent and archaeologically accurate Perpendicular detailing for its
1832 date; the windows of the tower and nave are of particular interest
in this respect. (BoE, p 234-5).

Listing NGR: SO7232268973

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