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Spital Chapel of St James

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tamworth, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.6426 / 52°38'33"N

Longitude: -1.6929 / 1°41'34"W

OS Eastings: 420879

OS Northings: 305023

OS Grid: SK208050

Mapcode National: GBR 4FD.BTX

Mapcode Global: WHCGX.ZV10

Entry Name: Spital Chapel of St James

Listing Date: 11 May 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197039

English Heritage Legacy ID: 386440

Location: Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79

County: Staffordshire

District: Tamworth

Town: Tamworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Spital

Built-Up Area: Tamworth

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Wigginton St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text


SK20NW ASHBY ROAD, Perrycrofts
670-1/2/37 (North side)
11/05/50 Spital Chapel of St. James


Former chantry chapel; converted to barn at Reformation;
dedicated for worship 1914. Mid to late C12 possibly on
earlier foundations with C13 rebuilding and extensive
restoration, 1909-14. Stone rubble and coursed squared stone
with ashlar dressings; tile roofs. Small chancel and nave.
Chancel has coped gable with kneelers, east window of
round-headed lights with renewed mullions. Nave has
round-headed north entrance with plain reveals and plank door,
signs of blocked C12 entrance to left; early C13
pointed-arched south entrance, possibly ex situ or
reconstructed, moulded arch of one order, shafts missing but
shaft rings remain, and inner keeled rool moulding, plank
door; window to right of 2 pointed lights has recess below,
possibly blocked entrance; west wall rebuilt 1914, with 2
INTERIOR: C16/early C17 tie beam and arch-braced collar roofs
with double purlins and some renewed members, ashlaring to
chancel; round chancel arch with impost bands; chancel east
wall has plaque recording restoration. C20 altar table with
cusped arched panels, altar rail on timber posts. Records
exist of a chantry or hospital founded by Sir Philip Marmion
between 1266 and 1275; the building is believed to have served
as a hospital at the time of the Black Death, 1349.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London:
1974-: P.277; Victoria County History: Staffordshire: Oxford:
1970-: P.294-6; Trans. of S. Staffs Archaeological and
Historical Society: 2nd Report on Excavations at Tamworth
Staffs 1968, Spital Chapel: 1968-1969; Wood H: Borough By
Prescription: Tamworth: 1958-: P.86-7).

Listing NGR: SK2087905023

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