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Church of St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Smisby, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.7687 / 52°46'7"N

Longitude: -1.4857 / 1°29'8"W

OS Eastings: 434796

OS Northings: 319130

OS Grid: SK347191

Mapcode National: GBR 6GS.H5M

Mapcode Global: WHDHL.4NSV

Plus Code: 9C4WQG97+FP

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 19 January 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096467

English Heritage Legacy ID: 82873

Also known as: St James' Church, Smisby

ID on this website: 101096467

Location: St James's Church, Smisby, South Derbyshire, LE65

County: Derbyshire

District: South Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Smisby

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Smisby St James

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Church of St James


Parish church. C13, C14, C15, C16 and C19. Coursed squared sandstone with sandstone dressings. Roofs hidden behind plain and battlemented parapets. Chamfered plinth. West tower, clerestoried nave and chancel in one, south aisle and porch, north vestry.

West tower of two stages divided by a chamfered string course. Diagonal buttresses to west, angle to east. The south side has a large circular clock face in recessed surround, and a tiny rectangular window below. To the west a three-light window with cusped lancet lights under a four-centred arch. Various tiny rectangular openings. Two-light bell-openings in each direction, with two plain lancet lights and mullions rising from the apex of the lancets. Tall battlemented parapet with four obelisk pinnacles. The north side has a C19 vestry with plain three-light chamfered mullion windows and a doorway with chamfered surround. The north side of the nave and chancel has two buttresses and three two-light chamfered mullion windows under flat arches. Tall three-light east window with bar tracery, and a piece of walling built up into the centre light. The south side of the chancel has a two-light chamfered mullion window and a small single light window placed at an angle.

The south aisle has a cross window to the east and two plain two-light recessed and chamfered mullion windows to south. Gabled south porch with moulded copings and plain kneelers. Four-centred arched doorway with hollow moulding. Raised and fielded panelled doors. Single lancet to west end of south aisle. Three two-light recessed and chamfered mullion windows to the clerestory.

INTERIOR: low three-bay arcade has circular piers and capitals and double-chamfered arches. Double-chamfered tower arch, the inner order on moulded capitals. A diagonal passage leads from the south aisle into the chancel. Trefoiled piscina in the south aisle. Square aumbry recess to chancel south. Tall unmoulded octagonal font.

MONUMENTS: at the west end of the south aisle an alabaster effigy of Joan Comyn, mid C14, and an incised alabaster slab to W Kendall +1500 and wife. On the north wall of the chancel an impressive wall monument to Henry Kendall +1627 and wife, with large kneeling figures facing each other across a prayer dusk. Kneeling children below. Re-used C16 linenfold panelling from Ashby-de-la-Zouch castle, as the dado behind the altar. Raised and fielded panelling in the vestry also said to have come from Ashby.

Listing NGR: SK3479619130

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