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Church of St James

A Grade II Listed Building in Meltham, Kirklees

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Latitude: 53.5945 / 53°35'40"N

Longitude: -1.8387 / 1°50'19"W

OS Eastings: 410774

OS Northings: 410895

OS Grid: SE107108

Mapcode National: GBR HVLW.Q6

Mapcode Global: WHCB6.QXM7

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 6 April 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1134665

English Heritage Legacy ID: 340869

Location: Meltham, Kirklees, HD9

County: Kirklees

Civil Parish: Meltham

Built-Up Area: Meltham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Christ the King, Meltham

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

(Meltham Mills)
Church of St. James
6th April 1967

Gothic Revival Church. 1845 by J P Pritchett. Endowed and founded
by James Brook of Thorparch. Dressed stone with ashlar dressings.
Pitched slate roof with gable copings. Cruciform plan with square
west tower with slender, octagonal stone spire. Chancel with side
bays. South porch on south transept. Square porch on south
side of tower. Bay divisions marked by buttresses. Angle buttresses
to corners surmounted by tall pinnacles. 4-bay nave, transepts are
2 bays deep, 2-bay chancel under which, at east end, is arched slype
with foiled window openings. Vault under chancel with arched entrance
on east side. Single bay to each side of chancel containing vestry
and organ. Slender 2-light lancets with cusped heads and hood moulds
to nave. Similar north and south 3-light window to transepts. Single
and 2-light traceried windows with cambered heads to chancel and side
bays. East window is 3-light with cusped lights and two quatrefoils
in head. 2-tier tower with diagonal buttresses and crenellated ashlar
parapet with crocketted pinnacles. Simple 2-light bell chamber openings,
and slender 2-light lancets with transom to lower tier, all with hood
moulds with mask-like faces as stops.

Interior: gallery to west, and north and south transepts, the latter now
gone. Those to north and south were presumably later than 1853 since
they part obscure wall memorials, one of that date. Galleries were
reached from the outside. Chancel and transept arches on clustered
responds. Diagonally crossbraced roof with carved bosses,

Carved oak reredos, pulpit, reading desk and good. eagle lecturn.
Memorial to James Brook of Thorparch, 1845, by E G Physick, a marble
relief depicting mother and child and departing husband. Also by
E G Physick, 1855, a memorial to Charlotte and William Leigh Brook of
Meltham Hall, a marble relief of lamenting women. A memoral to James
Brook of Thornton Lodge, died 1840, by H Mares.

N. P.evsner, The Buildings of England, 1967.
D. Linstrum, West Yorkshire Architects and Architecture, 1978.

Listing NGR: SE1077410895

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