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Church of St James the Less

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kingston, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3143 / 50°18'51"N

Longitude: -3.9181 / 3°55'5"W

OS Eastings: 263529

OS Northings: 47795

OS Grid: SX635477

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.3M9F

Mapcode Global: FRA 28P6.FDR

Plus Code: 9C2R837J+PQ

Entry Name: Church of St James the Less

Listing Date: 26 January 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1166006

English Heritage Legacy ID: 99626

Location: Kingston, South Hams, Devon, TQ7

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Kingston

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Kingston

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Church of St James the

Anglican parish church. C14 and C15 with major restoration in 1893. Thin
coursed granite rubble with granite dressings, slate roofs to coped gables.
Nave, west tower, south porch, south chapel and north aisle. Square tower in 2
stages to battlemented coping on corbel table, diagonal buttresses in two
stages, raised stair turret north east corner. West front has small door to
segmental head under a 3-light Perpendicular window in limestone with 2 rows of
voussoirs, simple stopped drip-mould; 2 small cusped louvred lights to bell
stage, also to east, single lights north and south on two levels. Plinth. Nave
south side has C14 2-light with quatrefoil each side of gable porch with plain
responds to 4-centred arch; inner doorway round arched, chamfered, small
voussoirs, containing late medieval 3-plank door with strap hinges. Step down
into porch and into nave. Chapel has 3-light Perpendicular window in south wall
and 2-light quasi-plate traceried east window. Chancel south, is two 2-light
similar to nave, with central priests door in plank and filled-in square-headed
opening; east end has low diagonal buttresses and a 3-light Perpendicular
window; north side plain. North aisle has 3-light re-cut Perpendicular at east
end of L893, and three 3-light uncusped in 4-centred arches with drip-moulds in
north wall. Far right is door in moulded granite surround to 4-centred head,
plank and batten door. Large square buttress to corner and 3-light window to
west end. Interior: walls mainly stripped of plaster. Nave entered by 5 steps
down from porch, 4-bay arcade of 4 shafts and 4 hollows, trumpet caps, 4-centred
arches to double hollow, pointed barrel roof, mostly C19. No break to chancel;
plate to roof has leaf decoration. North aisle has C19 barrel roof. South
chapel (Worwell Chapel) also stripped walls, squint to main altar, aumbry right
of window, vertical blocked opening or statue niche to left. Tower interior
whitewashed; has 4 steps down from west entrance and further 4 Into nave, taking
up fall in ground slope. Fittings and monuments: mainly of the late C19 restor-
ation - a panel in the porch records that the ICBS gave £30 in 1892 towards
re-seating and repairs. C15 octagonal font set on good 1702 slate slab to
Elizabeth, wife of Herbert F....d. Priest's seat formed from medieval bench
ends. A good late C18 memorial slab below north aisle east window, includes
inscription to Frances Stephens, 1773, aged 11 months. In the Worwell Chapel, a
marble monument to John Wise of Worwell (q.v), died 1807. Medieval ring of 4
bells, now augmented to six. A tablet in the north wall gives Edmund Stedding
as architect in 1891: the restoration was completed two years later, at which
time a lean-to vestry on the north side was removed.
(Pevsner, South Devon, 1952; Kingston: A South Hams Village, 1980).

Listing NGR: SX6352947795

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