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Church of St James

A Grade II Listed Building in Birkenhead, Wirral

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Latitude: 53.4019 / 53°24'6"N

Longitude: -3.059 / 3°3'32"W

OS Eastings: 329689

OS Northings: 389970

OS Grid: SJ296899

Mapcode National: GBR 7Y23.J7

Mapcode Global: WH761.ZRHF

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 28 March 1974

Last Amended: 10 August 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201770

English Heritage Legacy ID: 389341

Location: Wirral, CH41

County: Wirral

Electoral Ward/Division: Bidston and St James

Built-Up Area: Birkenhead

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Merseyside

Church of England Parish: Birkenhead St James

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


789-1/3/143 Church of St James


Parish church. Begun 1845 by C.E.Lang, finished 1858 by Walter
Scott. Coursed and squared rubble with Welsh slate roof. Nave
with two aisles, transepts and chancel, north-west tower and
spire. Early English style. Buttressed western gable with 6
arcaded lancets, alternately blind and glazed. Rose window
over with chevron moulding. 3-stage tower with clasping
buttresses terminating in pilaster-shafts at upper level.
North doorway with paired shafts. Lancet windows above, and
triple-arched bell chamber lights. Corbel table. Spire with
lucarnes. Gabled porch to south west, with steep moulded arch
with paired shafts. 5-bay aisle divided by gabletted
buttresses, with wide lancet windows with shafts. Triple
lancet windows to clerestory. Plain corbel table over aisle
and clerestory. Paired lancets with shafts and quatrefoil over
to transept. North aisle and transept similarly detailed. East
walls of transepts have raking arcaded trefoiled windows to
former gallery, and flying buttresses to nave. Chancel divided
by buttresses into 3 unequal bays with paired plain lancets. 3
stepped lancets to east window. Interior: Nave arcade of 5
bays with cylindrical shafts with alternately ring moulded and
foliate capitals. Heavily moulded arches. Clustered shafts to
transept arch and eastern responds. Pilasters support main
roof trusses which are scissor braced with side purlins.
Paired trusses to west, and to each side of transepts.
Clustered shafts to chancel arch. Octagonal stone pulpit with
enriched foiled panels. Oak reredos with central traceried
niche housing cross flanked by paired traceried panels with
angels on riddle posts, and surmounted by enriched frieze. Oak
reredos to altar in south transept dated 1913 and removed from
St Mary's church (q.v.). Marble font, a circular basin with
squared shafts at cardinal points mounted on mosaic floor. Oak
screen along west wall with coving and foliate frieze. Copper
light fittings in nave. Stained glass in east window, Jones
and Willis, 1913, figures of Saints James and John either side
of Christ.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Hubbard E: Cheshire:
Harmondsworth: 1971-).

Listing NGR: SJ2968989970

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